ERIC Number: ED362820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Correlates of Delinquency and Teenage Motherhood.
High rates of delinquency and of teenage motherhood in a community have been found to be associated with conditions that characterize the underclass. Furthermore, the concentration of these youth behaviors in such communities are assumed to play an important role in the reproduction of the underclass. Using census, health, and juvenile court data of a large western city, this study compared zip code areas according to a typology of different levels of delinquency and teenage motherhood. The results of contrast and discriminant analyses indicated that worse-off communities were characterized by higher rates of teenage motherhood than were better-off communities. The relationship between area characteristics and delinquency was found to be more complex. In worse-off communities, high delinquency occurred in areas with the greatest levels of deprivation and segregation. In better-off communities, in contrast, high population mobility was associated with delinquency. The presence of higher income and employment rates and of low dropout rates and low minority representation predicted groups with low teenage pregnancy. High delinquency among these groups was a function of mobility. Low income, high unemployment, high dropout rates, and a large representation of minorities in a given area favored a context where high delinquency and high teenage motherhood rates emerged. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (42nd, Pittsburgh, PA, August 18-20, 1992).