ERIC Number: ED252700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Labor Market Experiences of Delinquent Youth.
Just, David A.
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between female delinquent behavior and labor market experiences. Data for the research consisted of responses from approximately 4,000 15- to 17-year-old youth who participated in the 1980 New Youth Survey of the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience. Variables examined in the study included delinquency, gender, ethnic origin, age, suspension from school, current residence (urban/rural), and standard metropolitan area. The study showed that 28 percent of all females 15 to 17 years old have consumed alcohol at least once, while 22 percent have smoked marijuana/hashish at least once. Two percent of the females have consumed alcohol at least 50 times and 6 percent have smoked marijuana/hashish at least 50 times. This delinquent behavior was measured against the criterion variable, labor force status. Delinquency suggested either no relationship with the criterion variable or a rather unusual inverse relationship. As the self-reported acts of delinquency increased, so did the employment rates. This unusual relationship may be a result of the following circumstances: students employed have more opportunities to commit delinquent acts than students in school because of the different structures of the environments. The study also showed that suspension from school was far more detrimental than had been believed. Females suspended from school could expect significantly lower rates of employment than females not suspended from school. Through specific intervention strategies, professionals in vocational education can make a difference in the path a troubled youth selects. (Extension tables are included in this report.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Div. of Occupational and Vocational Studies.
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Covention (New Orleans, LA, November 30-December 4, 1984). For a related document, see ED 247 427.