The purpose of this study was to identify common factors among adolescent males with a history of juvenile justice involvement. Data were retrieved from one hundred closed case files from the Orange County Department of Education, Safe Schools Division.
Prior studies have shown that justice-involved youth tend to experience academic difficulties, family stressors, mental health problems, and criminal recidivism.
The results of this study indicated that the most frequently identified presenting problem among this population was substance use, and the most common family characteristic was family legal involvement due to criminal behavior. Gang-affiliated youth used a larger variety of substances than non-gang affiliates. The family characteristics of homelessness, domestic violence, and abuse of the subject were significantly related to suicidality among the subjects. Age of first arrest was found to be significantly related to criminal recidivism, such that adolescents who began their involvement with the juvenile justice system before the age of 15 committed subsequent criminal acts.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Social work, Criminology|
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