Risk and Protective Factors of Juvenile Delinquency among Youth Exposed to Political Conflict: The Role of Social Resistance

Eran Itskovich, Mona Khoury, Badi Hasisi

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Abstract

Previous studies have identified diverse risk and protective factors of youth involvement in delinquency. However, less is known about the causes of this phenomenon in the context of political conflict. Drawing from theoretical frameworks emphasizing the notion of social resistance, in the current study we examine the risk and protective factors of juvenile delinquency in the context of majority-minority political conflict. Applying multilevel analysis to survey data provided by a representative sample of 814 Arab youth from East Jerusalem, we find that, although this behaviour shares similar lines with juvenile delinquency in regular contexts, in the context of political conflict it bears a unique core of resistance to the social order. Specifically, we find that a strong predictor of juvenile delinquency is attitudes towards political violence, whereas, surprisingly, attitudes towards general violence do not have a significant effect. Our findings suggest that juvenile delinquency in the context of social conflict stems, at least partially, from a unique mechanism of resistance towards political order.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)255-283
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Annals of Criminology
Volume62
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • juvenile delinquency
  • political conflict
  • risk and protective factors
  • social resistance

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Law

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