International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Factors impacting Delinquency in Jamaican and African-American Adolescents
Stacey N. A. Brodie Walker, Kai A. D. Morgan


This study examines the factors associated with juvenile delinquency in Jamaican adolescents; secondly, the researchers seek to compare Jamaican and African-American delinquents. The factors being examined are education, unemployment, frustration, self-esteem, parent-child attachment, and exposure to violence. Participants included 116 Jamaican and 100 African-American adolescents ages 14-18. The delinquent participants were from several remand centres in Jamaica and the Division of Delinquency Prevention Program in America, while the non-delinquent participants were from several local inner-city high schools. All participants completed the HARE Self-Esteem Scale, the Family Relationship Scale, The Violent Victimization Survey, The Rosenzweig Picture-Frustration Study, and a demographic questionnaire. Chi square, Analysis of variance, and Logistic regression were used to analyze the data. Significant differences were found between and within delinquent and non-delinquent Jamaicans and African-Americans.

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