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26 J. Offender Rehab. 1 (1997-1998)

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   Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 26(1/2), 1997 Pp. 1-7.
   @  1997 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.







   Relative Involvement in Delinquency

   and   Criminal Causality: A Theoretical Model

   Emphasizing Reciprocal Relations




   ARTHUR F. CLAGETT
   Stephen F Austin State University


   ABSTRACT In this paper, Clagett elaborates   his theoretical model of
   Relative Involvement, developed during the past twenty years. Involve-
   ment, as conceptualized for this theoretical model, implies reacting closely
   related interactions among reciprocal variables and their relationships to
   delinquent and criminal behavior at three levels of causality. Those levels
   are analytically separable entities, but are not mutually reducible. Thus, the
   analytical levels are: the self, the social (i.e., micro-interactional), and the
   subcultural levels of causality. Major emphasis is devoted to each of those
   analytical levels of analysis, as well as (Sherif's) normative reference
   groups (not to be confused with Merton's comparison groups). Other
   important conceptual issues include: ego-attitudes and relative involve-
   ments of ego-attitudes. Finally, measurements of relative degrees of ego-in-
   volvements are explained through use of the Method of Ordered Alterna-
   tives (MOA). [Article copies available for a fee fiom The Haworth Document
   Delivery Service: 1-800-342-9678. E-mail addess: getinfo@hawoiiVh.com]

   This author's intent is not to engage in analyzing the latest re-statement
of a theory or empirical test of a causal model. Instead, he is hopeful that
his formulated model of Relative Involvement will facilitate new theoreti-
cal insights, which may be developed further by younger researchers more
skilled in statistical manipulations [Note 1].

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