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Delinquency, Development, and Social Policy$
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David E. Brandt, Ph.D

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108941

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108941.001.0001

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Definitions and Measures

Definitions and Measures

(p.1) 1 Definitions and Measures
Delinquency, Development, and Social Policy

David Brandt

Yale University Press

Juvenile delinquents tend to engage in risk-taking behavior, which involves breaking the law. These offenses include underage drinking, truancy, drug use, and shoplifting. This chapter examines the problems associated with defining juvenile delinquency. It also discusses sources of data that provide information about the degree of adolescent criminal behavior.

Keywords:   juvenile delinquents, underage drinking, truancy, drug use, shoplifting, juvenile delinquency, adolescent criminal behavior

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