What Factors Influence the Propensity of Young People to Commit Crime?
As I have shown, there are many different kinds of factors involved in the propensity of young people to commit crime. Figures suggest that it is intelligence, family life and hyperactivity that are the most important factors involved in predicting youth crime, meaning that low intelligence, impulsivity and a stressful family life indicate a high chance of delinquency. Some factors such as peer group and drug misuse appear to be good indicators, but as figures tend to change significantly when intelligence and family life are brought into play means that they can not be considered among the most important factors. There are also factors that prove to be very unreliable such as socio-economic status that is based on parental employment prestige. Research has shown that this is an unreliable indicator in predicting delinquency and therefore it cannot be seen as a serious factor. In all it is possible to say that while there are many reasons involved in youth crime, intelligence, hyperactivity and family life are probably the three most important factors that influence the propensity of young people to commit crime.…
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