How does Peer Delinquency influence an Individuals Aspirations for Work, Family, and the Law?
Delinquency is the act of criminal behavior committed by individuals during their adolescence. Delinquency has led many individuals down the wrong path in life, but it has also sparked desire for people to better themselves. Because many individuals do unfortunately suffer from the poor decisions they have made in their adolescence, that previous studies aim to look further into the catalyst of those choices. Many factors are considered when examining catalysts, such as exposure to violence, substance abuse, gang involvement, peer delinquency, age, gender, and ethnicity. Research for my project has used the dataset Pathways to Desistance study. This data has been collected from November 2000 to January 2003, following around 1,354 individuals who were serious juvenile offenders from adolescence to young adults, ranging from fourteen to eighteen years of age. There have been multiple tests conducted to observe their psychological development, behavior, social relationships, mental health, and experiences in juvenile court or the criminal justice system. This study was designed to identify the social contexts and developmental differences in encouraging desistance and antisocial behaviors. My research project looks examine how different factors specifically peer delinquency, affects individuals aspirations for work, family, and the law. The dependent variable of the study is individuals’ aspirations for work, family, and the law. This falls under the measure of perceptions of chances for success. The independent variables I also looked at when determining what would effect these aspirations were these individuals exposure to violence, substance abuse, gang involvement, age, gender, and ethnicity. It is hoped that the evidence which I have uncovered from my research will be able to further the understanding and prevent of individuals who are led down a wrong path in their lives eventually deteriorating their aspirations for work, family, and the law.
Primary Advisor's Department
Criminal Justice and Security Studies
Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
"How does Peer Delinquency influence an Individuals Aspirations for Work, Family, and the Law?" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 3105.