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Psychosocial Intervention

On-line version ISSN 2173-4712Print version ISSN 1132-0559


CUERVO, Keren et al. Characteristics of young offenders depending on the type of crime. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.1, pp.9-15. ISSN 2173-4712.

The aim of this study is to define a profile of juvenile offenders depending on the type of crime (against property or against persons), according to several socio-demographic variables, and a number of indicators of juvenile risk. Participants were 395 adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 with a criminal record in the juvenile court over a two-year follow-up period. Results showed that in property-related offences the offender is more likely to be male, from an Eastern European country, and with inconsistent parenting. On the other hand, crimes against persons would be committed mostly by girls, Latin American or African juveniles, and with individual factors such as aggressive behaviour, outbursts of anger, poor frustration tolerance, or little concern for others. These results may be useful in designing crime prevention and offender intervention programmes.

Keywords : Criminal typology; Delinquency; Risk indicators; Young offender.

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