eCite Digital Repository

Patterns of juvenile offending in Shanghai and Brisbane


Wei, Z and Homel, R and Prichard, J and Xu, J, Patterns of juvenile offending in Shanghai and Brisbane, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 37 pp. 32-51. ISSN 0004-8658 (2004) [Refereed Article]

Restricted - Request a copy

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2004 Australian Academic Press

Official URL:

DOI: doi:10.1177/00048658040370S103


This paper reports an analysis of participation rates and types of delinquent behaviour using self-reported offending data from school students and apprehended juvenile offenders in Brisbane (n = 903) and in Shanghai (n = 565). The rate of participation in most categories of offending in the Brisbane sample was higher than in the Shanghai sample, with Brisbane school students being much more likely than Shanghai students to report at least one type of offence (85.8% vs. 28.8%). However, factor analyses revealed a common crime pattern across both samples, with behaviours grouping into theft, property-related offences, fighting, and disturbing public order. Brisbane school respondents were more likely than their Shanghai counterparts to commit multiple types of offences. Co-offending peaked at ages 15-16 in Brisbane and 17-18 in Shanghai, but was more common in the Shanghai sample than in the Brisbane sample. It is argued that compared with Australian young people there is a greater presence of social institutions in the lives of Chinese adolescents in the form of family, community and state controls, and that these mostly informal control systems appear to have been successful so far in containing the criminogenic impacts of rapid social change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Prichard, J (Professor Jeremy Prichard)
ID Code:52378
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2008-07-02
Last Modified:2012-10-01
Downloads:1 View Download Statistics

Repository Staff Only: item control page