Why Not Ask the Experts: Juvenile Probation Officers' Explanations for Juvenile Delinquency

Willie J. Edwards, Texas A & M University
Ingrid Bennett, University at Albany
Dana Julius, Texas A & M University-Commerce

This study investigates the explanations given by juvenile probation officers for juvenile delinquency. Over 150 probation officers responded to a closed ended type survey that inquired about the officer's belief that juvenile delinquency could be explained by eight or more sociological theories. In addition to their explanations of juvenile delinquency the officers responded to items pertaining to job satisfaction and provided other pertinent demographic information. This study presents a detailed impression of the probation officers, and it considers their degree of job satisfaction as it analyzes their reactions to the theoretical framework created for this study.

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Updated 05/20/2006