An Analysis of a National Survey of School Dropouts in Taiwan

W.S. Wilson Huang, Valdosta State University
Te-hui Tsai, National Central Police University
Huang-Fa Teng, National Central Police University
Shr-chi Jou Jou, Department of Corrections in Taiwan

Between 1997 and 2001, more than 15 astonishing criminal incidents committed by school dropouts were highly publicized by media in Taiwan, and received enormous attention by government officials. In response to these serious incidents, a national survey focusing on school dropouts was conducted in 2001 to study social and demographic characteristics of these subjects. The survey was also administered to non-dropout students in an attempt to identify characteristics which may distinguish from those of the dropouts. Stratified sampling was the primary method to select respresentative cases from all 23 school districts in Taiwan. This random sampling has resulted in 1,049 non-dropout subjects and 477 dropouts valid for the study's analysis. The main variables included in the study are measures associated with strain, social bonds, and criminal learning. Theanalysis would center on differences in these theoretical factors whose results on delinquency have been examined extensively in the United States. Findings of the study would shed lights on casues of school dropout from evidence of a non-U.S. society.

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Updated 05/20/2006