ERIC Number: ED098474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Teenage Delinquency in Small Town America. Research Report No. 5.
National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.
This brief pamphlet reports on a study of teenage delinquency outside cities. For seven years, the author followed the careers of all boys who were sophomores in 1964 in 14 high schools in one of Oregon's nonmetropolitan counties to see what patterns of delinquency developed in the group. By correlating his findings with those of a slightly later study of deviance among Philadelphia high school boys, he has conclusively shown that there are remarkable similarities between delinquency in town and cities. Patterns of delinquency included the finding that more than half (56 percent) of the juvenile deliquents continued to commit offenses after leaving high school. A predictor of adult criminal behavior was the timing of juvenile delinquencies, with 73 percent of those boys who committed offenses both before and after the first semester of their sophomore year going on to commit offenses as young adults. The report describes who, among the high school students, became an offender, and when, as well as those characteristics of delinquency within the group. (Author/PC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Patterns, Delinquency, Delinquency Causes, Identification, Research Projects, Social Problems
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock No. 1724-00401; $0.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.