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NCJ Number: 118954 Find in a Library
Title: Community Structure, Delinquency and Drug Use: A Preliminary Report of the Denver Youth Survey
Author(s): D Huizinga; F A Esbensen; D S Elliott
Corporate Author: University of Colorado at Boulder
Ctr for the Study and Prevention of Violence
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80302
Grant Number: 86-JN-CX-006; 1-RO1DA05183
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the extent to which community level explanations can be applied not only to delinquency but also to drug use.
Abstract: Census data were used to identify "high risk" neighborhoods in Denver (Colorado). A random sample of households were selected, and interviews were conducted with 1,532 youth between the ages of seven and sixteen years and one of their parents. Results indicate that teenager and children problems, crime problems, service availability problems, and general disorder problems provided moderate and similar patterns across the social areas. However, some differences between areas was found for certain types of delinquency and drug use, both in terms of prevalence and offender/user frequency rates. These findings suggest that there may be different influences on residents living in different social areas characterized as socially disorganized with high crime rates. There is thus some evidence of the importance of recognizing the heterogeneity of socially disorganized areas in examining reasons underlying delinquent and drug use behavior. 2 notes, 15 tables, and 53 references.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Colorado; Juvenile drug abusers; Social organization
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