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Latent Classes of Delinquent Behaviour Associated With Criminal Social Identity among Juvenile Offenders in Pakistan

Shagufta, Sonia, Boduszek, Daniel, Dhingra, Katie and Palmer, Derrol (2015) Latent Classes of Delinquent Behaviour Associated With Criminal Social Identity among Juvenile Offenders in Pakistan. Journal of Forensic Practice, 17 (2). pp. 117-126. ISSN 2050-8794

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Abstract

Purpose: The current study aimed to examine the number and nature of latent classes of delinquency that exist among male juvenile offenders incarcerated in prisons in Pakistan.

Methodology: The sample consisted of 415 young male offenders incarcerated in prisons in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Pakistan. Latent class analysis was employed to determine the number and nature of delinquency latent classes. Multinomial logistic regression was used to estimate the associations between latent classes and the three factors of Criminal Social Identity (Cognitive centrality, In-group affect, and In-group ties) whilst controlling for criminal friends, period of confinement, addiction, age, and location.

Findings: The best fitting latent class model was a three-class solution. The classes were labelled: ‘minor delinquents‘(the baseline/normative class; class 3), ‘major delinquents‘(class 1), and ‘moderate delinquents’ (class 2). Class membership was predicted by differing external variables. Specifically, class 1 membership was related to having more criminal friends; while class 2 membership was related to lower levels of in-group affect and higher levels of in-group ties.

Practical implications: Findings are discussed in relation to refining current taxonomic arguments regarding the structure of delinquency and implications for prevention of juvenile delinquent behaviour.

Originality: First, most previous studies have focused on school children, whereas, this paper focuses on incarcerated juvenile offenders. Second, this research includes delinquents from Pakistan, whereas, most previous research has examined delinquent behaviour in western cultures.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
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Depositing User: Daniel Boduszek
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2015 15:15
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 18:05
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/22945

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