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Etymology: L, delinquere, to fail
1 negligence or failure to fulfill a duty or obligation.
2 an offense, fault, misdemeanor, or misdeed; a tendency to commit such acts. See also juvenile delinquency.


Psychology The participation in any of a number of antisocial acts–eg, truancy, vandalism, sexual promiscuity, shoplifting, gang wars, homicide; delinquency most often occurs during adolescence, hence, juvenile delinquent

Patient discussion about delinquency

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.

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The evaluation components of our program are multifaceted and include the following outcome variables: satisfaction with the program, reports of delinquency, school attendance and grade reports, parent reports of social, emotional and behavioral functioning.
In the middle layer would be routine delinquency cases, mainly involving theft, adjudicated in juvenile court.
This article examines the relationships between self-reported delinquency and peer and school factors among junior and senior high school students in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, using both cross tabulation and multiple-regression analyses.
Similarly, a study tracing the criminal careers of 1,000 juvenile boys discussed in Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck's Of Delinquency and Crime (1974) found that 73.
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