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Juvenile Delinquency

  1. Michael E. Schoeny,
  2. Patrick H. Tolan

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0482

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Schoeny, M. E. and Tolan, P. H. 2010. Juvenile Delinquency. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. Institute for Juvenile Research and University of Illinois at Chicago

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Juvenile delinquency generally refers to acts committed by a child or adolescent that would lead to prosecution if committed by an adult (e.g., theft, battery, homicide). Status offenses, which are acts that are illegal for minors but not for adults (e.g., tobacco use, truancy, curfew violations) are often included in research definitions of delinquency. Despite the broad range of delinquent behaviors, a particular emphasis has been placed on addressing the problem of more serious forms of juvenile delinquency, especially youth violence.


  • adolescent;
  • crime;
  • intervention;
  • policy;
  • risk and protective factors