Religious Bonds, Values and Minor Delinquency among Young People in Hong Kong
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|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Journal / Publication||青年研究學報|
|Online published||22 Jul 2000|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2000|
This paper examines the dynamic relationship between religious bonds, values and minor delinquent behavior among young people. Based on Social Control Theory, the study assumes that deviance is inherent in human nature, requiring no special motivation. It is also hypothesized that strong religious bonds can restrain youth from violating social norms. Youth with weak bonds to religion are likely to possess less positive values and be involved in minor delinquency. From a sample of 1,761 young churchgoers randomly selected from 62 churches, the study finds positive relationship between religious bonds and moral values, as well as general self-esteem. The study also confirms that youth with higher level of religious bonding are less prone to deviate from social norms. This paper suggests that further study should be conducted to test the relationship of religious factors and deviant behavior with a wider spectrum of samples.