Indigenous Youth Crime: An International Perspective

  • Jeffrey E. PfeiferEmail author
  • John Winterdyk
  • Fiona Hutton
  • Sarah Monod de Froideville
  • Cyndi Banks
  • Justin S. Trounson
Part of the Advances in Psychology and Law book series (APL, volume 3)


This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the research and programs related to Indigenous youth crime across four jurisdictions with significant Indigenous populations (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States). The chapter itself has been organized into several sections in order to more readily provide readers with a conceptual framework as well as identifiable gaps in the literature. After reviewing the jurisdictional and contextual information specific to each of the four countries, a conceptual framework is provided which identifies the various contributing factors to this issue and categorizes them according to whether they are systemic or individual. The chapter then reviews a number of system-based and targeted frontline programs that have been implemented in the four jurisdictions and provides commentary on their effectiveness and evidence-base. Finally, the chapter provides a review of the gaps in the literature, highlighting the need for additional research which is culturally responsive, gender-responsive, and inclusive of current trends in the field.


Indigenous Aboriginal Youth Juvenile Crime International 



The authors wish to thank Teagan Connop-Galer for her assistance with the preparation of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey E. Pfeifer
    • 1
    Email author
  • John Winterdyk
    • 2
  • Fiona Hutton
    • 3
  • Sarah Monod de Froideville
    • 3
  • Cyndi Banks
    • 4
  • Justin S. Trounson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological Sciences, Centre for Forensic Behavioural ScienceSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy StudiesMount Royal UniversityCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.Institute of CriminologyVictoria University, Victoria University Institute of Criminology, School of Social and Cultural StudiesWellingtonNew Zealand
  4. 4.Capilano UniversityNorth VancouverCanada

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