The role of academic background and the writing centre on students’ academic achievement in a writing-intensive criminological theory course?

Jackson M. Bunch, University of Montana
Amaia Iratzoqui, University of Memphis
Stephen J. Watts, University of Memphis


Purpose: This study examined the independent effects of child abuse on self-control and delinquency and explored whether self-control mediates the child abuse-delinquency relationship. Methods: We employed path modeling in Mplus to examine the relationship between child abuse, self-control, and delinquency using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). Results: Net of theoretically important controls, child abuse has direct and indirect effects on delinquency, and the relationship is partially explained by low self-control. Conclusions: Child abuse has an independent influence on levels of self-control, supporting a proposition made by general strain theory, and self-control partially mediates the oft-observed relationship between child abuse and delinquency.