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NCJ Number: 219753 Find in a Library
Title: Offending by Young People: A Further Risk Factor Analysis
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:20  Issue:2  Dated:2007  Pages:96-110
Author(s): Stephen Case; Kevin Haines
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 15
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examined the prevalence, frequency, and underlying factors of offending in an opportunity sample of 3,088 youth in Wales.
Abstract: Results indicated that 61 percent of youth reported lifetime offending while 40 percent reported active offending. Active property crime was reported more frequently than active violent crime, 32 percent and 25 percent respectively. The findings indicated that two key factors served as underlying causes of all forms of active offending: (1) anti-social behavior and attitudes, and (2) impulsivity. Other factors that were closely related to offending behavior included: (1) negative school experiences (females); (2) undesirable behavior by family members (males); (3) poor relationship with family (male); (4) negative perceptions of neighborhood (property crime); and (5) drug-related attitudes and behavior (15-16 year olds). The findings suggest that offending among Welsh youth is a multi-faceted problem with a wide range of contributing factors. As such, a comprehensive, multi-agency approach targeting different risk factors for different segments of the population is desirable. Future research should offer cross-sectional comparisons and longitudinal investigations on the development of risk factor influence over an extended time period. An opportunity sample of 3,088 students aged 11 through 16 years was drawn from 22 secondary schools in 14 of 22 local authority areas in Wales. Participants completed a survey measuring their self-reported engagement in delinquency via a computer-assisted self-interviewing process. Data were analyzed using factor analysis followed by logistic regression analysis. Tables, figure, references, appendix
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency research
Index Term(s): Antisocial attitudes; Self-report studies; Wales
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