ERIC Number: ED072374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Laws Governing Youth Employment and School Attendance on Youth Offenses and Delinquency.
Woodworth, Donald G.
This report deals with three major problem areas--education, employment, and crime--facing the nation and its youth today. Specifically, the report addresses itself to the effects that school attendance laws and child labor laws have on the incidence of youth offenses and delinquency. It was further limited to the investigation of delinquencies in males, ages 12 through 17. Field case studies were conducted in ten locations, followed by literature searches and analysis of statistical data from federal and local agency reports. The study results do not support the hypothesis that a relationship exists among youth offenses and delinquency, compulsory school attendance laws, and child labor laws. Other conclusions of the study were that: (1) Youths' behavior with respect to school attendance and employment was not influenced by child labor and compulsory attendance laws; (2) Youths who are out-of-school and out-of-work are likely to become greater delinquency risks; (3) Enforcement of a child labor law that closes most employment opportunities for youth does not necessarily result in an increase in youth crime; (4) Youth crime does not appear to represent hostile or aggressive acts, such as crime against persons. Recommendations for government action are included that relate to education, employment, and other problems of youth. (Author/SES)
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Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA.