Gerard Mauze

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Paul C. Friday

Second Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas Van Valey

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The primary intent of this study was an attempt at describing, understanding and analyzing the most common types, incidences and forces that produce crime and delinquency in Haiti. A secondary concern of this work was to do the ground work which would enable the formulation of testable hypotheses about the causes of crime and delinquency in Haiti.

Even though a number of developing nations face a rapid growth in their crime and delinquency rates, Haiti appears to maintain a relatively low crime rate.

The law-abiding behavior of Haitian youths is due to a number of factors: (a) the strong family ties and dependence on the extended family for the upbringing of the children, (b) strong belief in religion, and (c) a system of informal social control.

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Criminology Commons