Unraveling the Social Context of Physique and Delinquency

A New, Long-Term Look at the Gluecks’ Classic Study
  • Robert J. Sampson
  • John H. Laub
Part of the Nato ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 292)

Abstract

In 1950, Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck published their now classic study, Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency. One of the most frequently cited works in the history of delinquency research, the Gluecks sought to answer a basic and enduring question—what factors differentiate boys reared in poor neighborhoods who become serious and persistent delinquents from boys raised in the same neighborhoods who do not become delinquent or antisocial? To address this question, the Gluecks studied in meticulous detail the lives of 500 delinquents and 500 nondelinquents who were raised in the same low-income environments of central Boston during the Great Depression era (circa 1928–1940).

Keywords

Social Bond Body Type Criminal Record Crime Type Criminal Career 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Sampson
    • 1
  • John H. Laub
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Northeastern UniversityUSA

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