Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 149–160

Juvenile delinquency and justice in contemporary China: a critical review of the literature over 15 years


DOI: 10.1007/s10611-008-9137-1

Cite this article as:
Zhang, L. Crime Law Soc Change (2008) 50: 149. doi:10.1007/s10611-008-9137-1


The study reviews research on juvenile delinquency and justice in China since 1990. The review covers three issues that have been studied in the publications: (1) the nature and scope of China’s juvenile delinquency; (2) individual, group, and institutional factors and their roles in delinquency involvement; and (3) the development of China’s juvenile justice. Because Hong Kong is a special region of China and has a different social, political, and legal system, the study reviews the publications on Hong Kong’s juvenile delinquency and justice in a separate section. It summarizes the findings derived from the review, analyzes and discusses the limitations of the reviewed studies, and provides prospects for future research in the area.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesSaint Francis UniversityLorettoUSA