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Brodie-Walker, Stacey N.; Morgan, Kai A.D.
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Exploring Delinquency: Are Exposure to Violence, Self-Esteem and Parent-Child Attachment Predictors of Juvenile Delinquency in Jamaican Adolescents?
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Promoting Child Rights Through Research : Caribbean Child Research Conference
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October 23-24, 2007
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Jamaica Conference Center, Kingston, Jamaica
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Abstract
This study seeks to identify the predictors of juvenile delinquency in a sample of Jamaican adolescents. The variables examined were self-esteem, parent-child attachment and exposure to violence. Participants included 116 Jamaican adolescents (55 delinquent and 61 non-delinquent) males and females between the ages of 14-18. The delinquent participants were selected from several remand centres in the Kingston and St. Andrew area, while the non-delinquent participants were selected from several local inner-city high schools. All participants completed the HARE Self-Esteem Scale (HSS), the Family Relationship Scale, the Violent Victimization Survey, and a demographic questionnaire. Logistic regression and analysis of variance were used to analyze the data. Results indicated that exposure to violence was the only significant variable and sole predictor of delinquency. Recommendations are also discussed.....
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