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This book is important because it studies several factors that produce early school leaving and juvenile delinquency from the criminals' perspective. This book is about twelve male school dropouts who ended up behind bars. The perceptions of these teenage offenders were explored to address the phenomenon of early school leaving to study its directional causality with criminal behavior. The study was directed by answering the research question "Why did these incarcerated youths leave school early?" The study's research design lies within the qualitative spectrum; data were gathered and analyzed from semi-structured, open-ended interviews conducted with participants incarcerated within a secure-custody detention facility. Twelve case studies were developed and analyzed to explore the research topic. Research findings and conclusions confirmed that family background, personal, school, and criminal characteristics are all related to early school leaving. In particular, the major findings revealed that low socioeconomic and single-parent status, low parent education, frequent mobility, parental substance abuse, parental rejection, marital discord, gang involvement and negative peer associations absenteeism are all associated with dropping out. Further analysis showed that many participants were of average intelligence, enjoyed their elementary school years, had several friends while attending school, and expressed the desire to return to school at a later time.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 312
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