Self-efficacy, religiosity, and crime: profiles of African American youth in urban housing communities
Salas-Wright, Christopher P.
Nebbitt, Von E.
Saltzman, Leia Y.
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CitationChristopher P. Salas-Wright, Margaret Lombe, Von E. Nebbitt, Leia Y. Saltzman, Taqi Tirmazi. 2017. "Self-Efficacy, Religiosity, and Crime: Profiles of African American Youth in Urban Housing Communities." Victims & Offenders, v. 1, Issue 1, pp. 84-101
Youth reporting independently elevated levels of religiosity and self-efficacy tend to abstain from externalizing behavior. However, little is known about the ways in which religiosity and self-efficacy interrelate to impact youth externalizing. Drawing from a sample of African American youth from public housing communities (N = 236), we use latent profile analysis to identify subtypes of youth based on self-reported religiosity and self-efficacy and, in turn, examine links with crime. Compared to youth in other subgroups, those classified as both highly religious and highly self-efficacious reported less involvement in minor and severe delinquency, but not violence.