Correlates and predictors of juvenile delinquency in Ghana

Boakye, Kofi E. (2013) Correlates and predictors of juvenile delinquency in Ghana. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 37 (4). pp. 257-278. ISSN 2157-6475

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Research on juvenile delinquency has focused almost exclusively on western societies with the consequence that very little is known about delinquency and its associated fac- tors outside this context. The aim of this study is to investigate correlates and predictors of juvenile delinquency in Ghana, a developing country. Analysis of data from a sample of 264 boys showed theft as the most common juvenile offense in Ghana. Individual factors were strongly related to juvenile delinquency compared with family factors and perceived neighborhood condition. The best predictor of juvenile delinquency was academic difficulties. Most childrearing variables failed to predict delinquency in Ghana. The findings indicate not only similarities but also important differences partic- ularly with regard to conceptualization and relation between parental childrearing and delinquency.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: juvenile delinquency, risk factors, predictors, correlates, self-report, Ghana
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr Kofi E Boakye
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2017 12:57
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:16

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