Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Criminal Justice

Degree Program

Criminal Justice, MS

Committee Chair

Foster, James Price

Author's Keywords

social development model; deliquent behavior; case study


Juvenile delinquency; Poor youth--United States--Economic conditions; Poor youth--United States--Social conditions


This study was conducted to examine the impact that extreme economic deprivation has on adolescent social development. Data for this study was collected from the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau. This study uses the Developmental Prevention model as a theoretical basis, a theory which posits that extreme economic deprivation, as measured by income, poverty, crime rates, racial composition of neighborhoods, and prevalence of mothers and grandparents as sole caregivers, is a risk factor for all delinquent behaviors. The specific delinquent behaviors examined in this study were teen pregnancy, school dropout, poor school attendance, and criminality. A study was conducted to compare high-risk neighborhoods and middle-upper class neighborhoods to assess whether extreme economic disparity was a factor in the occurrences of the specific delinquent behaviors.