Examining the academic achievement-delinquency relationship in Southeast Asian Americans.

Bui, Laura (2017) Examining the academic achievement-delinquency relationship in Southeast Asian Americans. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. pp. 1-17. ISSN 0306-624X (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

The extent to which poor academic achievement is strongly related to delinquency among Southeast Asian Americans (SEAA) remains unclear; reasons are methodological limitations and aggregated findings for Asian Americans, which mask evidence that SEAA have a higher prevalence of criminality and poor academic performance than other Asian American groups. The present study examines the academic achievement—delinquency relationship in a diverse group of 1,214 SEAA using data from the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS). Propensity score matching (PSM) was used to make causal inferences and assess whether poor academic achieving SEAA, after being matched with higher academic achieving SEAA, displayed a higher prevalence of delinquency. Findings showed that, even after matching, poor academic achieving SEAA were still more likely to exhibit delinquent behavior than those who performed academically better. Interventions targeting SEAA communities will need to focus more on improving academic achievement to directly prevent and decrease delinquent behavior.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version will appear in the Sage Publications journal International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.
Keywords: delinquency, propensity score matching, longitudinal design, Southeast Asian American, academic achievement
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Social Science
Depositing User: Andrew Taylor
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 15:56
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 15:13
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1912

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