Factors Responsible for Juvenile Delinquence in Uganda

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FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR JUVENILE DELINQUENCE IN UGANDA

MWEBESA JOSEPH ISRAEL
06/U/BGD /6321/PD

A proposal submitted in partial fulfillment of the award of a Bachelors degree of Guidance and Counseling of Kyambogo University

2010

Contents
CHAPTER ONE1
Background1
Statement of the problem3
Purpose of the study3
Objectives of the study3
Research questions3
Significance of the study:4
Scope of the study:4
Limitations of the study4
CHAPTER TWO5
Introduction:5
Definition of juvenile delinquency5
Causative factors for juvenile delinquency5
Suggested remedies for juvenile delinquency8
Conclusion11
CHAPTER THREE12
Introduction12
Research Design12
Measuring Instruments13
Population and Sampling13
Data Sources13
CHAPTER FOUR14
Introduction14
Responses from juvenile offenders15
Table 115
Table 2:15
Table 3:16
Table 4:17
Table 5.17
Table 6.18
Table 7:18
Table 8:19
Responses obtained from parents.19
Table 9:19
Table 10:20
Table 1120
Table 12.21
Table 13.21
Table 14:22
Table 15:22
Table 16:23
Responses obtained from the police.23
Table 17:23
Table 17:24
Table 18:24
Table 19:25
Table 20:25
Table 21:26
Table 22:26
Table 23:27
Conclusion27
CHAPTER FIVE28
Introduction28
Discussion of findings28
Conclusion30
Recommendations30
REFFERENCES32
APPENDIX I34
Questionnaire for juvenile offenders34
SECTION A34
SECTION B35
SECTION C36
SECTION D37
APPENDIX II39
Questionnaire for parents39
SECTION A39
SECTION B41
SECTION C42
SECTION D43
APPENDIX III44
Questionnaire for police officers44
SECTION A44
SECTION B46
SECTION C47
SECTION D48

CHAPTER ONE
Background
Juvenile delinquency means disobedience by the juveniles or any crimes committed by the juveniles or adolescents. (Chintamanikar, 1992). A juvenile is regarded as a young person or a child who is below the age as specified by the law for the time being. Paul H. Mussen et.al (1979) also defined a juvenile delinquent as a person generally under the age of 18 who engages in behavior that is punishable by law. To sum it all the term juvenile delinquency is used to refer to when the actions of young people or children and their behaviors offend the entire population. The journal, the Social Background of Juvenile Delinquency in Uganda in (2002) reported that the rate at which delinquent acts in Uganda are occurring in Uganda has persistently increased given the fact that there are only three remand homes in Uganda i.e. one in Kampala (Naguru), one in Fort-Portal and one in Mbale. However the measures being put to prevent juvenile delinquency are still insufficient as compared to the threat it is posing. The journal also reported that there are still prevailing cases of juvenile delinquency which still needs to be seriously addressed among many young people in Uganda. Some of the delinquent activities or crimes that adolescents indulge in include bullying, stealing / theft, drug abuse, sexual abuses like rape and sexual harassments, defiance to authority like parents and civil leaders among other things. Stephen Moore (2002) supported the above statement that Most of the delinquent behavior is caused by four main situations which include poor socialization into social values, the formation of subgroups / sub cultures by the youth deviant from the normal ones, status frustration when their expectations are not met, and anomie where by youths simply fail to adopt to the generally accepted way of doing things in society. According to Stephen, the above things in society explain the cause of strikes in school, disobedience to parents and other authorities and many other undesirable behaviors. It is even worse when there are no strategic measures put to prevent the spread of such behaviors in the society. The teachers’ resource book; Guidance and counseling for post primary institution (2007) acknowledged the gravity of the problem of juvenile...
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