Table of Contents
Journal of Criminology
Volume 2014, Article ID 320486, 20 pages
Research Article

Contemporaneous and Lagged Effects of Life Domains and Substance Use: A Test of Agnew's General Theory of Crime and Delinquency

1College of Arts & Sciences, Division of Criminology, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA
2Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, 2129 LeFrak Hall, College Park, MD 20741, USA

Received 30 September 2013; Revised 30 November 2013; Accepted 2 December 2013; Published 27 January 2014

Academic Editor: Kevin M. Beaver

Copyright © 2014 Fawn T. Ngo and Raymond Paternoster. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study presents a partial test of Agnew’s general theory of crime and delinquency. Relying on a sample of adolescents and employing measures of the self, family, school, and peers domains, this study examines the contemporaneous and lagged effects of these four life domains on the likelihood of consuming alcohol and using marijuana. This study also assesses the contemporaneous and lagged effects of the life domain variables on themselves and on one another. Overall, the results lend support for Agnew’s general theory. The results also reveal several notable puzzles and underscore the complexity of this potentially important contemporary theoretical perspective.