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NCJ Number: 136669 Find in a Library
Title: Delinquency as a Symptom of Adolescents' Orientation Toward Status and Success
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:21  Issue:1  Dated:(1992)  Pages:119-138
Author(s): K Hurrelmann; U Engel
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 20
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from a 1988 survey of 1,717 West German adolescents between ages 12 and 16 indicated that delinquency is associated with the extent of adolescents' conformity to society's standards of prestige and success.
Abstract: Information was gathered by means of questionnaires completed by 7th and 9th grade students in all school types in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The results revealed a relationship between delinquency and inability to succeed at school, on the one hand, and failure to achieve full recognition of status and prestige in the peer group, on the other. Results indicated that difficulties related to integration into the network of academic performance, as well as difficulties connected with recognition within the peer group, are associated with delinquency. Findings suggested the need for efforts to reduce the experience of academic failure among students, increase social bonding, and improve students' self concepts. Tables, figure, and 33 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Germany; Peer influences on behavior; School delinquency programs; School influences on crime
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