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Brazilian Young Offenders: Profile and Risk Factors for Criminal Behavior

NCJ Number
International Journal of Criminology and Sociology Volume: 2 Dated: 2013 Pages: 163-168
Alex Eduardo Gallo
Date Published
6 pages
This paper presents a study that belongs to a research program, driving at the development of adequate social repertoire, which could decrease offences by youth.
Adolescents attended in community services and probation programs in a mid-size Brazilian city were characterized, under objective of assessing the major number of variables and its correlation to criminal behavior. Data were collected in a survey design and major results showed that: 87.8 percent were male, and age average was 15.9 years; about the offences, theft was the most common one (36.7 percent) followed by robbery (15.4 percent) and drug-dealing (9 percent). Most of them were not attending school and 61.8 percent had only the elementary degree. The results suggest that not attending school was associated to increasing number of re-incidences, use of drugs and use of weapons. (Published Abstract)