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Juvenile delinquency

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Juvenile delinquency is a sociolegal term, not a psychiatric diagnosis.

A juvenile deliquent is defined as a 10 to 17 year old prosecuted and found guilty of an offence that would be classified as a crime if commited by an adult.

Crimes commited include thieving, joyriding, vandalism and criminal damage. Personal violence and drug offences are less common.

Juvenile delinquents may have a conduct disorder.


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