March 1955


Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, New York University-Bellevue Medical Center.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(3):368-373. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110434020

DATA ON the frequency of juvenile delinquency are necessarily inaccurate. Prominent among the uncontrollable variables are different laws in different states, changing laws in the same state, the vigilance and adequacy of the police force, and the attitude of the police and the courts. Nevertheless, according to the best available sources, juvenile delinquency is increasing in the U. S.

It is worthy of note that delinquency is prevalent despite an improvement in the general economic level, better housing, extensive slum clearance, more play facilities, and a wider application of psychiatric knowledge.

PERSONALITY AND BEHAVIOR OF THE DELINQUENT BOY  A composite picture of the type of youngster who becomes delinquent has been presented by Drs. Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck.1 Their observations were based on a comparative study of 500 delinquent and 500 nondelinquent boys varying in age from 11 to 17 years. The individual boys were matched for age, ethnic

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