oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Age and juvenile delinquency - a self-report study

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Criminologists are not in agreement as to whether age is relevant to the study of crime. Hirschi and Gottfredson (1983:22-27), for instance, argue that everywhere age is correlated with crime regardless of race, sex, social class, or any other social variable. This means that people will commit less crime with increase in age, regardless of reasons for originally engaging in anti-social behaviour.

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