This thesis examines the relationship between high school vandalism and strain on students. The model proposed draws from strain theory, control theory, and differential association. Vandalism is proposed to be a result of strain on a student created by an adverse school environment, a lack of external constraints, and the belief that vandalism is a good way to relieve strain. To test this theory, a survey was distributed to 210 first years at the College of Wooster. The surveys were designed to measure student attitudes toward high school, whether their peers committed vandalism, school security, and a students own involvement in vandalous acts, as well as control variables of gender and SES. Results showed some support for the proposed model. Problems with the study are discussed, as well as possible avenues for future research.


Hurst, Charles


Sociology and Anthropology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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