Multiple Problem Youth: Delinquency, Substance Use, and by Delbert S. Elliott

By Delbert S. Elliott

Multiple challenge Youth addresses the complicated connections between drug abuse, delinquency, and psychological illnesses as they follow to youngsters and teens. Interrelationships during this sector exist in an enormous number of methods, extra complex via extraneous elements similar to demographics, intercourse, and time. The authors comprise those elements and learn the correlations between substance use, delinquency, and psychological illnesses, in addition to discussing developmental styles and reviewing theories of deviant behavior.

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Underreporting by blacks may affect these estimates for all the years examined, and the extent of underreporting is difficult to Social Class, Delinquency, and ADM Problems 35 determine. These comparisons, then, should be interpreted cautiously. What does seem clear is that whites are definitely not more heavily involved, and may be less involved than blacks, in serious offending. With this exception, the patterns of racial differences are weak or unclear. Drug Use Whites are consistently more likely (prevalence) to use alcohol, as well as marijuana and other illicit drugs, and the differences for alcohol and polydrug use prevalence are statistically significant.

01. 001. assault in 1976, 1980, and 1983, with felony theft in 1980, and with robbery in 1976. The patterns of association for other years are the same, but not statistically significant. Social class status is significantly and inversely related to the prevalence of Index offenses for every year (including those not shown). 12 or smaller), indicating that the relationship, although statistically significant, is not a strong one. But where there is a statistically significant relationship, the difference between the means is often substantial, with a ratio of2: lor 3: 1 between the lower and the middle classes.

3 In an effort to summarize briefly six waves of data collection spanning 8 years,4 data are presented for 1976 when the panel was aged 11-17, for 1980 when the panel was aged 15-21, and again for 1983 when the panel was aged 18-24. This permits three cross-sectional views and an 8-year longitudinal perspective on change in the youth panel. In those cases where findings from these three waves do not accurately reflect the demographic distributions for all six waves, this fact will be noted in the text.

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