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Role of Economic Position and Electronic Media on Juvenile Delinquency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Mazhar Islam, Mushtaq Ahmad Jadoon, Intikhab Alam & Adnan Ashraf

Abstract

Juvenile delinquency is a major problem in Pakistani society. Many factors
contribute the phenomena. Economic position and media are important factors
in the socialization of children. Generally, better the economic position better
would be the schooling and grooming environment for children. Similarly,
media have both positive and negative impacts in the socialization of child.
Present study was conducted to find out the impact of economic position and
media on juvenile delinquency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The data for the
present study were collected from 222 law breaking youths who were
imprisoned in three jails in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the context of economic
position the results showed significant association of juvenile delinquency
with the prisoners who had poor family background, insufficient income to
meet family expanses, low economic conditions, unemployed and greed for
high economic status. In case of electronic media significant association of
juvenile delinquency was found with not only a direct impact of media on
juvenile’s personality but also its power to control people from deviations and
rehabilitate the juveniles.

Key words: Juvenile, Delinquency, Juvenile and Economic Position, Media
and Deviation