Effects of the United States foster care system on juvenile delinquency

Title

Effects of the United States foster care system on juvenile delinquency

Authors

Presenter(s)

Olivia Watson

Comments

Presentation: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Kennedy Union 312

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Description

The United States foster care system was home to nearly 500,000 children in 2019. The link between the United States foster care system and juvenile delinquency is empirically under-explored and theoretically under-examined. Using data collected from the Pathways to Desistance study, the current study examines the relationships between drug and alcohol abuse, exposure to violence, and early onset behaviors with those who have been in the foster care system. Using a linear regression for the statistical analysis, findings show a significant association between exposure to violence and the foster care system. While there is no significant association between drug and alcohol abuse or early onset behaviors and the foster care system, the findings suggest a trend toward a positive relationship.

Publication Date

4-20-2022

Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Mark A. Morgan

Primary Advisor's Department

Criminal Justice and Security Studies

Keywords

Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Effects of the United States foster care system on juvenile delinquency

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