• Denise C. Gottfredson
  • Miriam D. Sealock
  • Christopher S. Koper
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Delinquency is a broad term covering a variety of antisocial acts committed by juveniles. It includes such diverse acts as robbery, sexual assault, drug use, vandalism, and underage drinking. Many delinquent acts are illegal for both adults and juveniles. Status offenses, in contrast, are acts that are only illegal for juveniles. Examples of the latter include underage drinking, skipping school, and running away from home. From a behavioral point of view, delinquency proneness is best conceived of as a general characteristic that youths have to a greater or lesser degree (Farrington, 1987). Serious delinquents engage in a variety of crimes and status offenses rather than specialize in any one type (Farrington, 1992; M. Gottfredson & Hirschi, 1990). This chapter summarizes information describing the nature and extent, prevention, and treatment of delinquent behavior.


Delinquent Behavior American Sociological Review Juvenile Offender Juvenile Delinquency Institutional Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denise C. Gottfredson
    • 1
  • Miriam D. Sealock
    • 1
  • Christopher S. Koper
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Criminal Justice and CriminologyThe University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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