Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychological Science (MSPS)



NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Dan Richard

Second Advisor

Dr. Angela Mann

Department Chair

Dr. Dan Richard

College Dean

Dr. Kaveri Subrahmanyam


Within the field of psychology, many theories exist about the origins and correlates of criminal/antisocial behavior at the individual or micro level. However, there exists a gap in psychological literature regarding the role of broader environmental factors, including the impact of systems and institutions on individual behavior and experience. This gap includes the role of sociohistorical factors and institutionalized biases regarding race/ethnicity, gender identity/sexual orientation, class, geographical location, and differing ability. The current study attempts to address this gap by conducting a Latent Class Analysis (LCA) using measures of social capital and other intake measures associated with juvenile crime to highlight the micro-, meso-, and macro-level factors that influence juvenile recidivism. Results of the LCA will allow the comparison of the relative strength in predicting the adverse outcome of re-offense for juveniles with a prior history of justice system involvement. A Critical Psychology lens informs the methodology, analysis, and interpretation of results in the current study.

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