Q:

What are causes of juvenile delinquency?

A:

Quick Answer

There are numerous causes of juvenile delinquency, including domestic violence, living in areas of poverty and high crime rates, inadequate social support and lack of access to education. Juvenile delinquency affects male and female youths, although the majority of offenders are young men. Juvenile delinquency affects youths in all areas, but occurs primarily in inner city areas and regions dominated by low income levels and where resources for supporting physical and emotional growth are limited.

Continue Reading
What are causes of juvenile delinquency?
Credit: Terry J Alcorn E+ Getty Images

Full Answer

Among the youth offenders in the United States, juvenile delinquents from inner city areas comprise the majority of the population. Most offenders are male and identify with minority groups. Juvenile offenders range in age from 12 to 17 years, and become incarcerated for a variety of reasons. Children who commit crimes often do so in reaction to personal problems or wider social issues. Children under the age of 18 are susceptible to influences, positive and negative, from peers, adults and educational instructors.

In response to negative influences, such as domestic violence at home and pressure from gangs, youths may resort to committing crimes. In response to acts of violence, most youths are incarcerated for a period of time, and may then perform community service or other positive acts to benefit others. Sometimes youths adopt positive behaviors after incarceration, and use their experiences to serve as role models for other troubled youths.

Learn more about Crime

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is the crime rate in Brazil?

    A:

    According to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the United States, Brazil's crime rates are critically high in several areas. For instance, in 2012 there were 24 murders per 100,000 residents in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some of the ways to help prevent juvenile delinquency?

    A:

    Some of the ways that juvenile delinquency can be prevented or minimized are though advocacy and mentoring programs, alcohol and drug use prevention programs and behavioral therapy. Although many of the existing programs are aimed at preventing repeat offenses, they can be helpful in preventing at-risk juveniles from being drawn into criminal behavior by gangs, peer pressure or irrational choices. Community organizations and programs that are able to effectively replace or supplement dysfunctional traditional structures can also help to steer a juvenile away from antisocial or criminal behavior.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Which factors cause juvenile delinquency?

    A:

    Problems with friends, family and general home life contribute to juvenile delinquency. Individual factors as well as community factors help contribute to juvenile delinquency as well. Though some contributors are hard to avoid, others are easy to spot, remedy and avoid altogether.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you find FBI statistics on juvenile crime rates?

    A:

    Find FBI crime statistics at the Department of Justice website OJJDP.gov. Click Statistics on the left-hand navigation bar. From the subsequent page, mouse over Data Analysis Tools in the menu bar and select the Law Enforcement Data/Arrest Statistics submenus. Then click the Arrest Statistics tab to view the crime statistics table.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore