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Community Ment Health J. 2001 Aug;37(4):347-58.

Is stealing a gateway crime?

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School of Education, Educational Foundations & Administration, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth 76129, USA. e.taylor@tcu.edu

Abstract

Stealing behaviors are common among youth and adolescents and often begin in early ages due to a variety of developmental, behavioral, and social factors. This study explores the prevalence of stealing behaviors in a South Texas juvenile detention facility. Researchers discovered stealing was the most frequently reported offense followed by the lack of supervision. Youth arrested for stealing were also more likely to be arrested prior to their twelfth birthday, have subsequent charges that may include assault, and have multiple charges. Results with implications for interventions are provided.

PMID:
11482752
DOI:
10.1023/a:1017504725355
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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