Exploring Factors Contributing for Juvenile Delinquency in the Correction Center: The Case of North Gondar Adult Correction Center

Beimnete Sintayehu Lemma, Endeshaw Aynetu Bitew


Juvenile delinquency is becoming an emerging and dramatically growing social problem globally that has received wide recognition in recent years. Studies in different countries have indicated that children come to contact with legal issues as delinquents due to various psychological and socioeconomic factors and which are not strange to Ethiopian context. Most of the existing studies in Ethiopia focused to assess nature of treatment and legal frameworks towards delinquent children. Thus, this study revealed contributing factors for children’s delinquent behavior in the study area. To explore such factors, then, qualitative research approach with case study research was employed. For the accomplishment of the study nine juvenile delinquents, and three key informants were participated. The relevant data were collected through in-depth interview, key informant interview, and document reviews. The gathered data were transcribed, coded, categorized and themed into meaningful interpretations and analyzed thematically.
The findings of the study revealed that children engaged in delinquent activities due to the influence of their peers, unemployment, immaturity, and low attachment/intimacy to their significant others. Juveniles are influenced to engage in different criminal activity depending on their existing conditions. As juvenile delinquency is becoming more visible and spread out in today’s society, due emphasis has to be given to work against these precipitating factors.
Key Words: Juvenile Delinquency, Unemployment, Attachment, Inmates

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ISSN : 2251-1571