Date of Defense

Winter 1990



First Advisor

Paul Friday

Second Advisor

Susan Caringella-MacDonald, Sociology

Third Advisor

Steve Clomon


intervention, career criminals, criminality, deviance, theories of juvenile delinquency


Once a youth has been jailed, there is a greater potential for he/she to commit a more serious crime. During their first year of being released, 21% of those between 18 and 24 will return to jail (Scholastic Update, 1988, p. 9). This rouses a concern for the prediction of future criminality based on early indicators and the need for early intervention to reduce the possibility of continued criminal activity. The goal of this paper will be to utilize three delinquency theories in an attempt to explain the delinquency of a single juvenile delinquent.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only