Definition of juvenile delinquency in English:

juvenile delinquency


mass noun
  • The habitual committing of criminal acts or offences by a young person, especially one below the age at which ordinary criminal prosecution is possible.

    • ‘Children who show low levels of peer acceptance and social competence are at risk for dropping out of school, juvenile delinquency, and adult criminal behavior.’
    • ‘Other criminal cases which showed an increase in 2000 included homicide, juvenile delinquency, torture and arson.’
    • ‘In the past decade, on average, the rate of juvenile delinquency remained at between 10 to 14 per cent of the criminal offenses in the city.’
    • ‘Children of adoption show up in disproportionate numbers in the criminal justice system and contribute to problems of juvenile delinquency.’
    • ‘Because of the social upheavals, there was an alarming increase of juvenile delinquency in the 1930s, with violence and vandalism especially noticeable in the cities.’
    • ‘With criminologist Byron Johnson, Larson has reviewed some 400 juvenile delinquency studies published between 1980 and 1997.’
    • ‘At the same time, as the arrest rate for juvenile delinquency and crime rose in 1943 and 1944, commentators accused mothers of neglect.’
    • ‘And what was the impact of the loss of the Rugby League competition on towns like Walgett, did it have an impact on crime figures, on juvenile delinquency?’
    • ‘But minor crimes and juvenile delinquency have pushed total crime numbers to record highs amid a long economic slowdown.’
    • ‘Do you believe that juvenile delinquency would decrease if crime comic books were not readily available to children?’
    • ‘Violent crime, juvenile delinquency, and alcoholism have increased significantly.’
    • ‘Fukuyama refers to high rates of crime and juvenile delinquency as a result of the lack of trust associated with social capital.’
    • ‘Young people have few role models and juvenile delinquency is on the rise.’
    • ‘Taipei has seen a steady decrease in juvenile delinquency one-and-a-half years since it launched its Juvenile Protection Program, officials said yesterday.’
    • ‘School drop-outs, juvenile delinquency, and gang wars were symptoms of underlying social pathology.’
    • ‘Violent crime, alcohol and drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, unwanted pregnancy, and poor health are the major social problems.’
    • ‘There is a general upsurge in juvenile delinquency.’
    • ‘He says that, traditionally, ‘the elderly believe that teachers should be held responsible for juvenile delinquency,’ but now that times have changed teachers cannot assume this role any more.’


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