Poverty and disadvantaged neighbourhoods - Wilkstrom and Tafel (Upbringing)

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Key points:

  • Cross-sectional study
  • 2000 year 10 students from 13 state schools in Peterborough
  • Interview & data collection. Questionnaires given. Quasi-random of 339 pupils of 2000 chosen for interview.
  • Specifically looking at poverty and disadvantage (also police contact, cannabis use, mood disorders etc)

Selected key findings:

  • 45% males and 30% females committed at leasr 1 of studies crimes (violence etc) during 2000.
  • Tend to commit wide range of diff crimes.
  • 1 in 8 reported to or caught by police for their last committed crime.
  • Offenders more often drunk and more often use drunks than other youths.

Influence in leading to future criminal activity in youths:

  • Individual characteristics and way lived lives.
  • Key risk factors = weak family & school bonds,


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