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THEORETICAL DISCOURSE ON PREDISPOSING FACTORS INFLUENCING YOUTH CRIME AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIORS IN NIGERIAN CITIES
The prevalence of youth crime and delinquent behavior in the world today is a cause for serious concern for all and sundry; and has assumed a worrisome dimension in Nigeria. This paper examines the predisposing factors for youth crime and delinquent behaviors in Nigerian cities, using relevant theoretical explanations. It identifies poverty, unemployment, corruption, drugs and substance abuse, broken home, peer group and gang influence, and insufficient education among the youths as predisposing factors influencing crime and delinquent behaviors in Nigerian cities. The paper argues that poverty, unemployment and corruption are on the high side in Nigerian cities and are among the major factors influencing youth crime in the Nigerian cities. Available data show that youth unemployment is very rampant in Nigeria and this has contributed immensely to their involvement in criminal activities. The phenomenon of poverty coupled with corrupt practices has produced a fertile ground for youth crime and delinquent behaviors. The paper recommends that governments should make policies aimed at creating job opportunities to effectively tackle unemployment in order to reduce criminal and delinquent behavior in the Nigerian cities.
Keywords: Youths’ crime, delinquent behavior, theoretical discourse, predisposing factors, Nigerian cities.