School, Social-Communicative, and Academic Challenges Among Delinquents and Juvenile Sexual Offenders

Kevin Tan, Adam Brown, George Stuart Leibowitz

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This study explores the association between student factors and delinquency by comparing two groups of adjudicated youth in six Midwestern residential facilities: 331 young men committed for a sexual offense, and 171 committed for a nonsexual offense. Statistically significant findings include juvenile sexual offenders exhibiting a greater number of delinquent behaviors and greater academic and social difficulties compared with their counterparts adjudicated for a nonsexual offense. Additionally, path analysis revealed that school experience was negatively associated with delinquency for both groups. For juvenile sexual offenders, academic difficulties were associated with delinquency through their school experience. Among general delinquents, delinquency was directly associated with social difficulties and school experience. Implications for interventions and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-585
Number of pages9
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Academic difficulties
  • Adolescent sexual offending
  • Delinquency
  • School experience
  • Social difficulties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences


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