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Title: Establishment of a Juvenile Police Record - The Influence of Individual and Peer Group Characteristics
Journal: Criminology  Volume:22  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1984)  Pages:97-111
Author(s): M Morash
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: US Securities and Exchange Cmssn
Washington, DC 20549-2736
Grant Number: 78-JN-AX-0018
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: According to the symbolic interactionist perspective, the juveniles who are most likely to have a police record of arrest are those who conform to police preconceptions about delinquent types, who are perceived as a threat to others, and who are most visible to the police.
Abstract: Several individual and peer group characteristics can serve as cues that youths are delinquent or that they pose a threat and can increase visibility. The present study uses a survey approach to determine the relative associations of these individual and peer group characteristics with the establishment of a police record. The analysis reveals that in addition to delinquent activities, fitting the common image of a delinquent and dangerous person -- that is, being a male in a predominantly male, delinquent peer group -- increases a youth's chances of arrest. Moreover, committing a high proportion of offenses with a group of peers, which results in high visibility, also increases the chances of arrest. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Arrest and apprehension; Interactionist theory; Offender profiles; Police discretion
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