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NCJ Number: 120327 Find in a Library
Title: Delinquent Behavior in Adolescence: Potentials and Constraints of Preventive Strategies in School Settings (From Crime Prevention and Intervention: Legal and Ethical Problems P 167-184, 1989, Peter-Alexis Albrecht and Otto Backes, eds.)
Author(s): U Engel; K Hurrelmann
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Walter de Gruyter & Co
1 Berlin 30, Germany United
Sale Source: Walter de Gruyter & Co
Genthiner Str 13
1 Berlin 30,
Germany (Unified)
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: Anomic or socially disintegrative behavior is a function of sociostructural conditions and an expression of status insecurity.
Abstract: In 1987, 1,717 seventh and ninth graders were surveyed in Northrhine-Westfalia (West Germany) to study anomic behavior. Analysis of the data suggests that adolescent failure in school, feelings of social status injustice, status disequilibrium in school, and the anticipated downward social mobility are manifested in destructive and aggressive behavior directed toward the environment. Delinquents attack social relationships and seek to destroy social bonds. Delinquency becomes an adaptation to school failure, and a cover for low self-esteem, thus school delinquency prevention programs should focus on the early developmental stages of delinquency. In the US, the project "Positive Action Through Holistic Education" (PATHE) was implemented in four middle and three high schools for three years. By involving youth in meaningful activities, it can lead them to believe that they are valued members of the school community, and the school is a legitimate and fair institution. 2 tables, 2 figures, 40 references.
Main Term(s): Deviance; School delinquency programs
Index Term(s): Acting out behavior; Germany; Juvenile attitudes toward authority; Juvenile delinquency prevention
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