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Testing the Oregon delinquency model with 9-year follow-up of the Oregon Divorce Study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 April 2009

Marion S. Forgatch
Affiliation:
Oregon Social Learning Center Implementation Sciences International, Inc.
Gerald R. Patterson
Affiliation:
Oregon Social Learning Center Implementation Sciences International, Inc.
David S. Degarmo
Affiliation:
Oregon Social Learning Center
Zintars G. Beldavs
Affiliation:
Oregon Social Learning Center
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Abstract

This paper presents experimental tests of the Oregon delinquency model applied within a randomized design of an at-risk sample of single mothers and their elementary school-aged sons. In the theoretical model, ineffective parenting practices and deviant peer association serve as the primary mechanisms for growth in adolescent delinquent behavior and early arrests. Multiple-method assessments of 238 mothers and sons include delinquency as measured by teacher reports and official arrest records, parenting skills measured by observations of parent–child interactions, and deviant peer association as reported by focal boys. Analyses of the 9-year follow-up data indicate that the Oregon model of parent management training significantly reduced teacher-reported delinquency and police arrests for focal boys. As hypothesized, the experiments demonstrated that improving parenting practices and reducing contacts with deviant peers served as mediating mechanisms for reducing rates of adolescent delinquency. As predicted, there was also a significant delay in the timing of police arrests for youth in the experimental as compared to the control group.

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