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Leisure as a Context for Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention

Leisure as a Context for Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention Leisure as a Context for Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention Linda L. Caldwell and Edward A. Smith The Pennsylvania State University, United States of America his article highlights the importance of leisure as a context for human development as well as for prevention of risky behaviour, including crime and delinquency. We offer a brief review and synthesis of current criminology literature that examines leisure activity and then describe leisure research that may provide additional insight into why leisure may be an important context for understanding and preventing delinquent behaviour.We end with a brief description of an intervention that teaches youth to make healthy decisions in their leisure and describe a set of post hoc analyses from a data set from 628 rural youth in the United States used to evaluate the leisure based intervention. Although the data we report were not collected to examine delinquent behaviour, we tenta- tively conclude leisure-related variables can serve as risk and protective factors to property damage and by extension other delinquent behav- iours. We suggest that helping youth become more intrinsically motivated by having goal-oriented leisure pursuits and decreasing levels of amotiva- tion, learning to overcome peer pressure, and becoming more aware of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

Leisure as a Context for Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention

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SAGE
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Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0004-8658
eISSN
1837-9273
DOI
10.1375/acri.39.3.398
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Abstract

Leisure as a Context for Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention Linda L. Caldwell and Edward A. Smith The Pennsylvania State University, United States of America his article highlights the importance of leisure as a context for human development as well as for prevention of risky behaviour, including crime and delinquency. We offer a brief review and synthesis of current criminology literature that examines leisure activity and then describe leisure research that may provide additional insight into why leisure may be an important context for understanding and preventing delinquent behaviour.We end with a brief description of an intervention that teaches youth to make healthy decisions in their leisure and describe a set of post hoc analyses from a data set from 628 rural youth in the United States used to evaluate the leisure based intervention. Although the data we report were not collected to examine delinquent behaviour, we tenta- tively conclude leisure-related variables can serve as risk and protective factors to property damage and by extension other delinquent behav- iours. We suggest that helping youth become more intrinsically motivated by having goal-oriented leisure pursuits and decreasing levels of amotiva- tion, learning to overcome peer pressure, and becoming more aware of

Journal

Australian & New Zealand Journal of CriminologySAGE

Published: Dec 1, 2006

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