Delinquency after secondary school: Exploring the consequences of schooling, working and dropout

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This study focuses on delinquent behaviour after secondary school, and investigates the relationship with different educational careers. More specifically, it analyses whether delinquent behaviour increases or decreases among young people with subsequent full-time schooling (without and with educational problems), youths who are working full time or part time, and jobless youths. The sample contains 273 lower-educated youths, aged between 17 and 19 years old, who were questioned while they were still in secondary school during the NSCR School Project on one or more occasions between 2002 and 2004. A mixed-design ANOVA revealed that educational careers do affect changes in delinquency, independently from other factors. Respondents who had attention or other problems in their further education and, in particular, respondents who combined schooling and work appeared to have increased their level of delinquency most strongly. Respondents who left school for a full-time job were not significantly more involved in delinquency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-355
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

I wish to thank Miriam Wijkman and Catrien Bijleveld for their work during the follow-up data
collection, and Jacques Commandeur for his methodological suggestions. This study has been
supported by a grant from the NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).


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