Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Social Science and University Honors
crossover, dependency, delinquency, second-generation, welfare, interventions
This literature review looks at the relationship between juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency. Specifically, it evaluates the existence of "crossover youth", minors who have been involved with both systems in their lifetime. The review considers thirteen different studies, literature reviews, and databases to determine risk factors in maltreated youth that cause them to offend. The review also looks at the impact that second-generation parents have on likelihood of offending as juveniles, as well as the importance of welfare worker perception on parental involvement with dependency agencies. Finally, the review considers potential interventions to crossover youth, determining how to assist maltreated youth in a way where they are unlikely to engage in delinquency. The research findings highlight the disparities across families impacted by the welfare system, and how this oversurveillance of certain demographics contributes to their overrepresentation in dependency and subsequently crossover youth.
Davenport, Victoria, "Crossover Youth: The Relationship Between Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency" (2023). University Honors Theses. Paper 1416.