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Citation Formats
O. Ozbay and Y. Z. Ozcan, “A test of Hirschi’s social bonding theory - Juvenile delinquency in the high schools of Ankara, Turkey,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY, pp. 711–726, 2006, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/65019.