Juvenile Delinquency: Its Causes and Effects

Nana Yaa A. Nyarko, Louisa Vera Aikins, Nana Akosua Afriyie Nyarko, Evelyn Amankwaa Aboagye, Nana Yaa A. Nyarko


The aim of the study was to find out the circumstances that led inmates of two correctional facilities for young offenders into behaviours considered criminal and the effect it has had on them and the society they lived in. The study hypothesized that; peer association and family situation will influence delinquency and that delinquency did not have a significant effect on the future (schooling) of the juveniles affected. Fifty-seven (57) inmates of two Junior Correctional Centres in Accra were conveniently selected to respond to a structured questionnaire. Juveniles attributed the causes of their delinquent behaviours to their own initiatives, family situations, spiritual influences and peer association. Peer pressure was found to influence adolescent behaviour formation. Implications of juveniles’ incarceration and parental role in guiding adolescent children are discussed.

Keywords: delinquency, juvenile, causes, peer association.

DOI: 10.7176/JLPG/88-24

Publication date: August 31st 2019

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