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Delingkwente: Metro Manila College Students’ Concept, Perception, and Practice of Delinquency


Abstract


This study looked into Metro Manila college students’ concept of delinquency, their participation in delinquent activities, and the extent to which parental attachment and association with peers influence their behaviors. Data were gathered through a survey of 200 respondents paired with a qualitative approach by way of focus interviews. Survey results suggested that students have a negative perception of delinquency. Focus interviews posited that delinquency encompassed both legal and social spheres which took on a broad and sometimes vague meaning for the respondents. Assumption of the social bonding theory with regard to attachment to parents was examined, as well as peer influences wherein certain assumptions of the differential association theory were used. Generally, respondents were neutral in describing their attachment to their parents but they claimed that their peers are the most influential in their involvement in delinquent activities along with media. Findings also revealed that Metro Manila college students have a relatively high extent of participation in their perceived delinquent acts. Conversely, some of the motivations identified by the informants during the focus interviews were lack of attention to parents, problem overload and fun with friends.

Castro, J.H & Pempeña, L.M. (2010). Delingkwente: Metro Manila College Students’ Concept, Perception, and Practice of Delinquency. Unpublished Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

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Subject Index: Juvenile delinquency, Juvenile delinquents, Crime, Perceptions, Parenthood

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