AN ANALYSIS OF THE CAUSES OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY IN NIGERIA FROM THE LEGAL AND EMPIRICAL PERSPECTIVES

Mariam A. ABDULRAHEEM-MUSTAPHA

Abstract


This paper examines the prevailing causes of juvenile delinquency in Nigeria. It adopts analytical and qualitative research methodologies by relying on the existing legal and theoretical frameworks and also, a descriptive survey through questionnaires and direct interviews of 1,500 stakeholders from selected states in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. Purposive and simple random sampling techniques are employed and simple percentage scores and frequency counts are used to analyse the research questions. The results from the descriptive analyses show that the prevailing causes of juvenile delinquency in Nigeria were those encapsulated in the sociological theory of juvenile delinquency. The paper recommends the preventive mechanisms and argues for legal and structural reforms towards economic efficiency, equity and democracy for juveniles.

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