(redirected from Delinquents)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. failing to do that which is required by law or obligation.
2. a person who neglects a legal obligation.
juvenile delinquent a juvenile offender; an individual who commits a violation of the law within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court system.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

Patient discussion about delinquent

Q. Can someone please explain the reason for juvenile delinquency?

A. Juvenile delinquency is not necessarily a trait of bipolar disorder, although it is possible for a person with bipolar disorder to act on impulse while experiencing an episode. To use Justins example, shop lifting, an adult in a manic episode may spend all of their money without thought or reason, where a child/youth may not have money to spend which may lead to shop lifting. In a manic episode Justin is right the lines between right and wrong can be blurred, thus the person suffering may make poor decisions and can find themselves in trouble with the law.

More discussions about delinquent
This content is provided by iMedix and is subject to iMedix Terms. The Questions and Answers are not endorsed or recommended and are made available by patients, not doctors.
References in periodicals archive ?
During the amnesty period, tax delinquents can settle in full or in installments minus interests, surcharges, and penalties.
The FTB's newest list of the top 500 delinquent taxpayers includes individuals and businesses that collectively owe the state more than $505 million in income tax.
If the delinquents really are the way they are perceived, then the proposed policies should work when put into practice.
The city government has been sending notices to each of the 89,000 delinquent property owners since January after Mayor Joseph Estrada signed Ordinance 8516.
The literature also suggests that delinquents scored low on EI scale as compared to non delinquents or (Angela, 2009; Diane, Dana, Louis and Sidney, 2006; Petridesa, and Frederickson, 2002; Wong and Ang, 2007).
Labeling theory states that once young people have been labeled as criminal they are more likely to offend, this is especially true for juvenile delinquents who keep landing again and again in jails.
Taylor, Iacono, and McGue (2000) found both cognitive and behavioral impulsivity was greater in delinquents with an onset earlier than 11 years old than in late onset delinquents (onset 12 or later) or nondelinquent controls.
Gross and Hubble (1998) described a field study in which the discrepancy between verbal and nonverbal skills among 150 male delinquents was assessed.
'Many human rights are abused in Colombia,' says Hernandez, 'but the one that is more abused than any other is the right to live.' He works not only with gang members informing them about their rights, but also with police officers, 'The police are ignorant of what they can and can't do in their profession; they ask me: "Why do you defend delinquents and not us?"' They assume youngsters are delinquents just by the way they dress; and they feel they can bully them.
The number of credit delinquents declined for the second consecutive month in September, indicating that personal debt rescheduling activity has been progressing smoothly.
The number of child delinquents entering the juvenile justice system is increasing, as evidenced by rising arrest rates and court caseloads.
Among boys, convicted delinquents were almost twice as likely to have higher bone lead concentrations, Needleman reports, and four times as likely after adjusting for confounding factors.