Birds of different feathers: School networks of serious delinquent, minor delinquent and non-delinquent boys and girls

Frank M. Weerman*, Catrien C.J.H. Bijleveld

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Abstract

In this article, social network data are used to investigate relationships between 1730 non-, minor and serious delinquent students from lower-level secondary education in the Netherlands. We analyse to what extent students with different delinquency levels are clustered in student networks; how popular and central delinquent students are in their network; and whether gender moderates popularity and centrality. The results show that similarity in delinquency among school friends is moderate and that non-delinquents, minor delinquents and serious delinquents are mixed in school networks. Delinquent students are slightly more popular and central in their networks than are non-delinquents. However, analyses in which same and cross-gender relationships are separated suggest that these differences are mainly the result of cross-gender friendships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-383
Number of pages27
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes

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