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Title: Correlates of Offending Frequency: A Study of Juvenile Theft Offenders in Detention
Author(s): P Salmelainen
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 87
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7310-4933-0
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The aim of this New South Wales study (Australia) was to determine the factors that influence the frequency with which juvenile offenders commit theft offenses and thereby provide an empirical base from which crime prevention or criminal-career- modification strategies might be developed.
Abstract: Three theft offenses -- shoplifting, break and enter, and motor vehicle theft -- were selected for study, because they compose a large proportion of the offenses known to be committed by juveniles. Data for the study were obtained from interviews with 247 juveniles (238 males and 9 females) who were serving a control order or appealing against a control-order sentence in a New South Wales juvenile detention center between September 1993 and March 1994. Data were collected through a structured interview schedule that contained both closed and open-ended questions. Factors chosen for analysis were in five categories: developmental factors, lifestyle factors, attitude and perceptual factors, risk and punishment factors, and criminal history factors. Findings show that developmental factors (for example, parental behavior) that are important in determining whether a juvenile becomes involved in crime do not apparently influence the frequency with which a young person offends. Instead, factors more immediately related to the lifestyle of the young offender are apparently the most important influence. The precise combination of lifestyle factors relevant to an understanding of offending frequency, however, varied from offense to offense. Some factors did influence the frequency of more than one offense. The need to obtain money to buy drugs was one such factor. The results call for a new appraisal of strategies for addressing juvenile offending. Study instrument, 24 tables, and 70 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile delinquency factors; New South Wales; Theft offenses
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