Class and Self-Reported Juvenile Delinquency: Evidence From Turkey

Yucel Can, Hacettepe University
Ozden Ozbay, Nigde University

This study examines the relationship between class and self-reported various juvenile delinquent acts in the case of Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Data include 1,710 high school students through using a two-stage stratified sample. The indicators of latent variable class (e.g., income, education of mothers and fathers, occupation of fathers, students' perception of theit class, and employment status of fathers and mothers) account for 3 percent of the variation in assault, 7 percent in school delinquency, 4 percent in public disturbance, and 3 percent in miscellaneous minor offenses. Also, age and gender (e.g., control variables) account for more variance in assault (12 percent) and school delinquency (12 percent) than class. Both class and control variables account for little variation in public disturbance and miscellaneous minor offenses, due to the low levels of alpha reliability of these two variables. Moreover, age and gender are more consistent than class in terms of assault, school delinquency, public disturbance, and various minor offenses. All of these findings seem to suggest that class is not an important predictor in relation to self reported some juvenile delinquent acts.

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