|Author||Connie R. Hassett-walker|
Most criminal justice research on African Americans focuses on poor Blacks living in poor Black communities. Hassett-Walker expands this focus to middle class blacks and empirically tests an assertion from Pattillo-McCoy (1999)'s Black Picket Fences i.e., that little difference in delinquency exists between poor versus middle class Black youth using two national probability samples. Independent variables included class status, parent-child interaction, and neighborhood poverty. Parenting behavior and marital disruption were both predictive of delinquency. Having delinquent peers predicted future arrest, suggesting support for differential association theory. Implications for future research, criminal justice coursework, and government funding are discussed.