Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



The main purpose of this study was to determine: (1) the role of informal education in the treatment of juvenile delinquency; (2) to determine the many causes of juvenile delinquency; and, (3) to present an evaluative criterion for treating delinquents.

This problem was limited to environmental factors influencing child behavior found outside the regular classroom. It is furthered limited to the legal and social aspects of juvenile delinquency and is concerned with such delinquency that is brought to the attention of officials. Since poverty, broken homes, immoral and vicious parents were the main causes of delinquency, very little is mentioned of delinquency coming from the wealthy homes.

A survey of our daily newspapers revealed that a number of boys and girls are being arrested daily for various misdemeanors and crimes. In many cases of misdemeanor the offenders are given verbal reprimands and sent home to the same environments. They usually return with a more serious charge against them. This fact alone is enough to warrant the need of this study. Law enforcing authorities as well as parents need to understand the underlying causes of habitual acts of misdemeanor by youthful offenders.

Committee Chair/Advisor

A. C. Preston


Prairie View A&M College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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