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NCJ Number: 207540 Find in a Library
Title: Risk Factors for Delinquency: An Overview
Author(s): Michael Shader
Corporate Author: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
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Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents an overview of risk factors related to juvenile delinquency.
Abstract: Researchers in the field of juvenile justice have long been interested in understanding the factors that may lead a juvenile to engage in delinquent behavior. Prevention strategies in the field of juvenile justice have recently adopted a public health approach to combating delinquency, targeting risk factors for delinquency. The article defines risk factors and examines some of the major risk factors linked to juvenile delinquency and violence. Risk factors are defined as characteristics or variables that, if present in any given youth, increase the chance that they will engage in delinquent behavior. Risk factors for delinquency fall into three broad categories: individual, social, and community. Individual factors include psychological, behavioral, and mental characteristics; social factors include family and peer influences; and community factors include school and neighborhood characteristics. By studying these risk factors, researchers and practitioners are able to enhance prevention programs by targeting the very factors or characteristics that are known to lead to delinquency. This public health strategy offers a promising approach to the prevention of juvenile delinquency in at-risk youth. References
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prediction; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Risk management
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