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First delinquent behaviour among pre-pubescent children: A development paradigm alongside family SES


F, J- and Yu, JJ, First delinquent behaviour among pre-pubescent children: A development paradigm alongside family SES, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60, (14) pp. 1609-1622. ISSN 0306-624X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0306624X15581456


The present study investigated what explains and accounts for first pre-pubescent delinquent behaviors among children. This was based on the notion that a developmental paradigm (e.g., self-control) alongside family socio-economic status (SES) can provide a passable explanation for the first and early delinquent behavior. A nationally representative sample of eighth graders (N = 3,449, 50% boys) from the Korea Youth Panel Survey (KYPS) was reviewed in terms of first delinquent behaviors. Results revealed that pre-pubescent boys started to drink at an earlier age than girls, whereas pre-pubescent girls engaged in relational bullying earlier than their male counterparts. Children’s onset of delinquency age was inversely associated with family SES, but was positively associated with their degree of self-control. Different types of first delinquency were distinguished by levels of parental education as well as child’s self-control. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:first delinquent behavior, self-control, family SES, gender differences in delinquency
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:F, J- (Dr J F)
UTAS Author:Yu, JJ (Dr JJ Yu)
ID Code:100111
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-05-02
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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