Examining and Expanding Latinx General Strain Theory
general strain theory, Latinxs, ethnic identity, anger, depression, offending
Since the initial articulation of general strain theory (GST), Agnew has suggested strains may function differently—in type, response, and impact—for different groups. We build upon Pérez and colleagues’ foundational arguments for a Latinx GST by investigating the role of the ethnically specific strains they propose in addition to other strains argued to disproportionately impact people of Color. Furthermore, we examine the protective role of positive ethnic identity against the negative effects of strainful experiences for Latinxs. Using a sample of Latinx youth from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, we highlight not only the unique strains faced by Latinxs in America, but how they distinctly experience and respond to criminogenic strains.
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Race and Justice, in press
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Scott, Deena A.; Whiting, Serita; and Grosholz, Jessica M., "Examining and Expanding Latinx General Strain Theory" (2021). Criminology Sarasota Manatee Campus Faculty Publications. 44.
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