Is stealing a gateway crime?

Elizabeth R. Taylor, Janet Kelly, Smaranda Valescu, G. Shawn Reynolds, James Sherman, Victor German

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Stealing behaviors are common among youth and adolescents and often begin in early ages due to a variety of developmental, behavioral, and social factors. This study explores the prevalence of stealing behaviors in a South Texas juvenile detention facility. Researchers discovered stealing was the most frequently reported offense followed by the lack of supervision. Youth arrested for stealing were also more likely to be arrested prior to their twelfth birthday, have subsequent charges that may include assault, and have multiple charges. Results with implications for interventions are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-358
Number of pages12
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • crime
  • juvenile detention
  • stealing
  • supervision
  • theft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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