In: Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry 1990; 1027-1033
With thanks to Elsevier for their support for this project and for giving permission to reproduce this chapter.
Reprinted from Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, R. Bluglass and P. Bowden (eds.), "Young Offenders ", I. Kolvin and S.R. Bhate, pp. 1027-1033, (©Churchill-Livingstone, 1990).
Delinquency is a common and major problem among the youth of our crowded and often deprived inner cities. Delinquents are more likely to attend less-favoured state schools and have a high rate of delinquency amounts their friends and relatives (West 1985). However, delinquents are not a homogeneous group and therefore conclusions about delinquency must be drawn with caution.