The relationship between truancy and juvenile crime in Wayne County, Tennessee

Ricky W Inman, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The present study explored the relationships between truancy and attendance and juvenile crime. The purpose was to analyze the relationships between truancy, absenteeism and juvenile crime. There were 3 samples selected. The first sample consisted of 108 students. The second sample consisted of three random samples of students with 0–9 days, 10–19 days, and 20 or more days absent. The third sample consisted of two groups containing 32 students each. All three samples were drawn from students enrolled in the Wayne County School System during the 2003–2004 school. The research design was causal-comparative. Three hypotheses were tested. In the first hypothesis it was found that there was not a correlation between the number of days absent and the number of juvenile crimes committed. However, there was a significant difference found between students who missed 0–9 days, 10–19 days, and 20 or more days concerning the number of juvenile crimes committed. The only two groups that were not significantly different were 0–9 days and 10–19 days absent. Also, it was found that students who are charged with truancy are statistically significantly more likely to commit other juvenile crimes than students who are not charged with truancy. This suggests that there is a link between truancy and absenteeism and juvenile delinquency. After school programs, in-service training for teachers and staff, and intervention programs be implemented to help alleviate truancy in the Wayne County School System. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration|Education, Guidance and Counseling|Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Recommended Citation

Ricky W Inman, "The relationship between truancy and juvenile crime in Wayne County, Tennessee" (2005). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3187593.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3187593

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