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PROJECT TOPIC: PATTERNS AND CAUSES OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AS EXPRESSED BY SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN IBARAPA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, OYO STATE

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CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background to the Study

Adolescence is a developmental transition between childhood and adulthood. It is the period of puberty until full adult status is attained. Dorn and Biro (2011) defined adolescence as the period in human growth and development that occurs after childhood and before adulthood, from ages 10 to 19. It represents one of the critical transitions in the life span and is characterized by a tremendous pace in growth and change that is second only to that of infancy. The biological determinants of adolescences are fairly universal; however, the duration and defining characteristics of this period may vary across time, cultures, and socio-economic situations (Dorn & Biro, 2011).

Most secondary schools students are in the adolescent stage. The adolescent has needs and problems that arise from organic, psychological and social pressures. These pressures in turn exert influences on them, which make them exhibit behaviours that are not in consonance with societal norms leading to delinquency (Onyejiaku, 1991). According to Isangedighi (2008), delinquency is a behaviour that involves retraction from rules that govern behaviour among adolescents. Delinquency on the whole is not an easy concept to define due to it complex characteristics. However, delinquency has been from time immemorial a social evil. These delinquent behaviours consist of acts that violate the laws of the society.


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