ERIC Number: ED036950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Juvenile Delinquency and Urban Areas.
Shaw, Clifford R.; McKay, Henry D.
A revision of a work published in 1929, the book updates data on delinquency in Chicago. Findings revealed that rates of delinquents and commitments vary consistently, low rates reflect the existence of a stable institutional structure, a high incidence of deliquency indicates a breakdown of machinery through which population needs are met, high or low rates are not permanent characteristics of any ethnic or racial group, and rates correlate closely with many community economic and social characteristics. Suburbs with the highest rates tend to be the more industrialized ones which have attracted the newest immigrant or migrant populations, and areas where rates have increased most rapidly have been areas of great population change. Rates went up in certain areas newly populated by Negroes while they went down in older Negro communities; as meaningful non-school roles are not available boys have more opportunities for delinquency; and the large proportion of young offenders from a few areas should lead to further concentration on the neighborhood as an appropriate unit for social action. Philadelphia, greater Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Richmond are the five cities for which comparative information is presented. (RJ)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Community Characteristics, Community Problems, Community Surveys, Delinquency, Delinquency Causes, Disadvantaged Youth, Economic Factors, Exceptional Child Research, Geographic Distribution, Incidence, Males, Population Distribution, Population Trends, Social Values, Statistical Data, Urban Demography, Urban Problems
University of Chicago Press, 5750 Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637
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