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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Criminal Justice: M.S.


Criminal Justice


School of Public Affairs

First Advisor

D. Lee Gilbertson

Second Advisor

Dick D. T. Andzenge

Third Advisor

Patrick Ridpath

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Keywords and Subject Headings

Juvenile delinquency, public school systems, behavior intervention programs


This paper presents an overview of the juvenile delinquency concept, trends in behaviors in public school systems, factors that have been linked to the situational and social learning, and public school systems efforts to reduce and prevent delinquent behavior in K-12 public schools. Some suggestions are made to improve understanding of student’s behavior due to outside influences as well as behavior intervention programs in which can be helpful in delinquent behavior prevention. These behaviors range from minor socially unacceptable acts such as disrespect and interruption, to criminal acts, such as assault and illegal possession and selling of drugs. School failure in including prevention programs places students at higher risk for involvement in juvenile correctional facilities, gang related activities, or even a lifetime of delinquent behavior. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of behavior intervention programs in establishing higher-quality learning environments and overall improved behaviors.

Keywords: Juvenile delinquency, public school systems, behavior intervention programs