Date Posted: 09-10-2013
Juvenile delinquency is the participation of individuals younger than the statutory age in illegal behavior. Photo courtesy of Pinoy True Stories.

MANILA, Philippines -- Studies show that children who receive inadequate parental supervision are more likely to engage in criminal activities.

Juvenile delinquency, as defined by experts, is the participation of individuals younger than the statutory age in illegal behavior.

A person under the age of 18 but not less than 15 years and one day old who commits an offense is considered a juvenile delinquent.

Based on the records of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), thousands of cases of juvenile delinquency or youth crime were reported in the past three years.

The DSWD claims that there are still many unreported cases in the country.


According to Aurora Flores of the Philippines Mental Health Association, she believes that youth offenders have mental health issues.

In a study conducted by the United Nations (UN), broken family settings are closely associated with juvenile delinquency.

Being neglected by parents, being abused and being violated also contribute to an increase in the numbers of the case.

The influence of media have also been associated with youth crime as researchers have concluded that young people who are exposed to violence through shows that they watch tend to behave more aggressively or violently, particularly when provoked.

Peer influence, as believed by many, is also one of the causes of juvenile delinquency, especially when the group an individual becomes involved in, line fraternities or gangs, are delinquent.

Parents' role

The concept of right and wrong among youth offenders is vague or erroneous, leading to their low self-control.

In the long run, their values become distorted, allowing them to commit crimes without feeling guilty.

However, if these children will be guided properly, they would have fear and they would have conviction.

The family is the basic unit of society. Therefore, fundamental values which the children could bring until they reach adulthood must start at home.