Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 1998. Teen Behavior Risk Factor 8. Teen Violent Crime Arrests

10/01/1998

Teen crime data indicate serious adolescent problem behavior and may predict future dependence.

Figure TEEN 8. Arrest Rates for Violent Crime for Youths Ages 10 to 17, per 100,000 Youths, 1980 to 1996

Figure TEEN 8. Arrest Rates for Violent Crime for Youths Ages 10 to 17, per 100,000 Youths, 1980 to 1996

Source: Table TEEN 8.


  • Arrest rates for violent crimes for all youths peaked in 1994 but have gradually been decreasing since that time.
  • Historically, youths become more likely to be arrested for violent crimes as they grow older; 17 year-olds, for example, were more than twelve times as likely to be arrested than ten to twelve year-olds in 1996.
  • Table TEEN 8 also shows that, as expected, violent crime arrest rates were consistently much higher among males than among females for all ages over the time period.

TEEN 8. Arrest Rates for Violent Crime for Youths Ages 10 to 17, per 100,000 Youths, 1980 to 1996

  1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996

Note: Violent crime is the sum of murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Rates refer to the number of arrests made per 100,000 inhabitants belonging to the prescribed age group.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Trends in the Well-Being of America’s Children and Youth: 1998. Table SD 1.6.

Total
Ages 10-17 334.1 303.0 428.6 461.5 482.9 505.4 527.8 511.6 464.7
Ages 10-12 46.4 56.4 70.6 79.0 85.5 86.1 91.8 89.1 81.4
Ages 13-14 261.4 251.9 368.0 405.4 444.9 461.4 494.2 461.7 409.4
Age 15 503.8 446.1 669.7 732.7 770.0 828.2 857.5 809.6 731.2
Age 16 638.5 565.9 876.2 935.2 994.4 1,028.6 1,055.6 1,021.0 905.6
Age 17 739.5 651.1 982.7 1,066.5 1,056.9 1,110.2 1,113.6 1,109.4 1,022.1
Male
Ages 10-17 587.6 529.8 740.5 797.9 825.7 857.7 888.6 855.7 772.3
Ages 10-12 81.6 99.5 119.8 135.1 145.2 114.8 153.7 147.4 133.8
Ages 13-14 445.6 426.1 603.9 668.5 725.4 744.8 793.1 737.2 649.1
Age 15 875.4 771.7 1,144.1 1,250.6 1,291.9 1,386.5 1,421.7 1,329.9 1,195.2
Age 16 1,132.6 997.3 1,534.9 1,637.3 1,730.7 1,776.5 1,809.1 1,733.5 1,530.8
Age 17 1,325.8 1,166.1 1,758.1 1,909.7 1,877.6 1,956.8 1,950.2 1,933.6 1,760.4
Female
Ages 10-17 70.2 66.9 104.0 111.4 126.0 138.8 152.2 153.4 144.6
Ages 10-12 3.4 4.0 7.5 8.1 9.2 9.7 10.5 10.7 10.0
Ages 13-14 47.4 52.7 77.0 82.8 95.9 107.9 121.5 117.0 107.5
Age 15 63.4 55.3 88.5 93.5 112.4 118.7 130.6 134.7 123.3
Age 16 129.6 114.6 187.4 208.9 219.8 249.9 265.4 268.0 257.1
Age 17 131.0 114.1 183.9 189.0 210.6 224.5 246.8 250.3 247.5

 

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