Hay's research examines the causes of crime and delinquency, particularly causes related to the family environment. His research reveals that the quality of the family environment has important effects on criminal involvement, but these effects are in key respects more complicated than what current theory suggests—they are both indirect (they operate through a variety of different intervening mechanisms) and highly conditional (they vary according to the characteristics of the child and the broader social environment in which he or she lives).
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Ph.D. 1999, The University of Texas at Austin; Sociology
M.A. 1995, The University of Texas at Austin; Sociology
B.A. 1993, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas; Economics
- Criminal and Delinquent Behavior
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Introductory Sociology
- Demographic and Social Status Predictors of Criminal Behavior (graduate seminar)
- Adolescent Deviance (graduate seminar)
- Criminology (graduate seminar)
- Criminological Theory (graduate seminar)
- Empirical testing of theories of crime causation
- Family- and parenting-related causes of adolescent crime
- The development of self-control and its implications for crime
- The application of criminological theory to crime control policy
- Jackson, Dylan, and Carter Hay. “The Conditional Impact of Official Labeling on Subsequent Delinquency: Considering the Attenuating Role of Family Attachment.” Forthcoming in Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
- Hay, Carter, and Ryan Meldrum. 2010. “Bullying Victimization and Adolescent Self-Harm: Testing Hypotheses from General Strain Theory.” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 39:446-459
- Hay, Carter, and Walter Forrest. 2008. “Self-Control and The Concept of Opportunity: The Case for a More Systematic Union.” Criminology 46:1039-1072.
- Hay, Carter, Edward Fortson, Dusten Hollist, Irshad Altheimer, and Lonnie Schaible. 2006. “The Impact of Community Disadvantage on the Relationship between the Family and Juvenile Crime.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 43:326-356.
- Hay, Carter, and Walter Forrest. 2006. “The Development of Self-Control: Examining Self-Control Theory's Stability Thesis.” Criminology 44:739-774.
- Hay, Carter. 2001. “Parenting, Low Self-Control, and Delinquency: A Test of Self-Control Theory.” Criminology 39:707-736.
- Residential Positive Achievement Change Tool (R-PACT) Validation. Awarded in 2012 (current), Florida Department of Juvenile Justice ($82,659).
- Graduate Student Training in the Responsible Conduct of Criminological Research. Awarded in 2009, FSU Office of Graduate Studies ($4,507).
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