The Factors Contributing to the Juvenile Delinquent Youth in Kerbala Province. A Prevalence Study
Kerbala Journal of Medicine,
Volume 10, Issue 3, Pages 3818-3826
ackground: juvenile delinquency is problem that affect the youth in many societies and can lead to many complication in regard the legal system, increase the crime and affect the moral and ethical issues of each society so it was better to understand the factors that contributing to the development of this condition.
Aim of the study: to explore the family, school and economic factors of juvenile crime. It has been conducted in police offices throughout the governorate of Karbala.
Subject and Methods: Interview schedule has been used as a tool of data collection. A sample of 172juveniles was interviewed 93.6% male; most of the delinquents were in the age group of 9-19 years.
Results and Discussion: This study found that majority of the respondents were dropped out of school and engaged with juvenile employment, which in turn increases the rate of juvenile crimes. The dynamic and function of the family was found to be a determining factor for delinquency, only 56.97% lived with both of parent were 19.18% of the delinquent youth lived away from their families, 43.02% suffered from family neglecting, most of them belonged to low income profile, and keeping watching violent movie or electronic games.
Conclusions: from this study it was concluded that the character of delinquent case are those who are spend most of their time outside their home, they have low level of education, coming from poor parenteral education, they live in overcrowded area or coming from other governorate, they prefer to watch violent movie and violent games, they are cared by only one parent or by relatives,, with big family size, they have been curled or neglected by their care giver and finally have low financial state.
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