The impact of police intervention upon juvenile delinquents

John Hepburn

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Police intervention is thought to have an impact upon the juvenile's perception of himself and his role expectations. The data indicate the degree to which the frequency and severity of official delinquency, as well as the severity of disposition, affect the juvenile's self-satisfaction, delinquent identification, commitment delinquent to others, commitment to future delinquency, and attitudes toward police. The results of partial correlation coefficients and stepwise regression suggest that police intervention has little impact upon the juvenile when socioeconomic status and, especially, involvement in delinquent behavior are controlled. It is concluded that the juvenile's perceptions of himself and his attitudes toward others, as they relate to delinquency, are more likely to be grounded in the experience of his delinquency involvement than in the experience of coming to the attention of social control agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCriminology
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

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