Document Type

Peer Reviewed/Refereed Publication

Publication Date


Publication Title

Crime & Delinquency


Community Leadership & Human Services


College of Education & Human Services


While physical health can impact a variety of outcomes, little research has looked at health and delinquency. Through a lens of GST, this study examines whether health moderates the relationships between strain and delinquency and drug use. Data from the 2011 NSDUH were analyzed; results indicated that, for certain strains, very good and excellent health predicted lower risks of committing some types of delinquency and poor/fair health predicted the higher risk. For youth in “no parent” homes in very good health and from some youth with chronic illness, however, the risk of delinquency increased. The overall results dictate the expansion of health programming and the complex findings suggest increased research on the nexus of health and delinquency.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of a peer-reviewed article published by Sage in Crime & Delinquency, available at

Physical Health and Delinquency - Figures and Tables.docx (213 kB)
Physical Health and Delinquency - Figures and Tables



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