The Causes and Courses of Nonviolent and Violent Delinquency among South Korean Adolescents

Trent Bax, Vladimir Hlasny

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This study combines and compares data from the Korean Youth Panel Survey and the Korean Children and Youth Panel Survey to examine the effects parenting, peers, school, social structure, and personality exert on nonviolent and violent delinquency among 5,462 male and 5,103 female adolescents in South Korea. Overall, parental effects were found to be more important than peer effects, but their influence diminishes relative to that of peer effects with age. The semiparametric group-based modeling approach identifies distinct groups of stable nondelinquents, stable moderates, moderate escalators, de-escalators, and desistors (but not chronic offenders). Lastly, this study does not provide support for a public discourse that infers juvenile delinquency has increased in frequency and severity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)816-834
Number of pages19
JournalDeviant Behavior
Issue number7
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2019

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant DEB 1146033 to C.C.A;Division of Environmental Biology [1146033];

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