This study explores the association between student factors and delinquency by comparing two groups of adjudicated youth in six Midwestern residential facilities: 331 young men committed for a sexual offense, and 171 committed for a nonsexual offense. Statistically significant findings include juvenile sexual offenders exhibiting a greater number of delinquent behaviors and greater academic and social difficulties compared with their counterparts adjudicated for a nonsexual offense. Addition- ally, path analysis revealed that school experience was negatively associated with delinquency for both groups. For juvenile sexual offenders, academic difficulties were associated with delinquency through their school experience. Among general delinquents, delinquency was directly associated with social difficulties and school experience. Implications for interven - tions and future research are discussed. Keywords Adolescent sexual offending · Delinquency · School experience · Academic difficulties · Social difficulties A range of school-related stressors, such as poor school school-related stressors between JSOs and GDs, an area past experience and social communicative and academic dif- research has ignored. ficulties are strongly associated with crime among youth A recent study comparing JSOs to GD shows that gen- (Agnew, 2009). Youth who have committed sexual offenses eral delinquency and property damage significantly pre- (juvenile sexual offenders, JSOs) tend to have high levels
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal – Springer Journals
Published: May 30, 2018
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