Comparison of the educational deficiencies of delinquent and nondelinquent students

Xia Wang, Thomas G. Blomberg, Spencer D. Li

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This article assesses the differences in educational deficiencies between a statewide sample of delinquent students and a matched sample of nondelinquent students. Employing a research design that controls for a series of relevant individual and school variables, the study's findings document that delinquent students are characterized by a series of disproportionate educational deficiencies as compared to their nondelinquent student counterparts. Delinquent students were found to attain lower grade point averages, have poorer school attendance records, be retained more often in the same grade, and receive more school disciplinary actions. The article concludes that these documented educational deficiencies may play an integral role in the process of delinquency and, therefore, pose a number of public policy implications in relation to the prevention and treatment of delinquency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-312
Number of pages22
JournalEvaluation Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Delinquency
  • Delinquency prevention and treatment
  • Educational deficiencies
  • Nondelinquency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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