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Factors Associated with Youth Delinquency and Victimization in Toronto, 2006

By Klarka Zeman (Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics) and Angela Bressan (Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics), Statistics Canada

Released Sept. 16, 2008

The International Youth Survey (IYS) was conducted for the first time in Canada in 2006. This is the Canadian version of the International Self-Reported Delinquency Study conducted in over 30 countries in that same year (ISRD2 Working Group, 2005). The target population for this survey was Toronto students in grades 7, 8 and 9. Respondents provided information about their involvement in delinquency, as well as a wide range of information about individual, family, peer and school characteristics.

The first report to use these data (Savoie, 2007) described the prevalence of youth delinquency and associated risk factors, as well as the prevalence of youth victimization. The report identified three groups of youth who were more likely to report delinquency in the 12 months preceding the survey: boys, youth from single-parent or step-parent families and older youth. In addition, the results indicated that immigrant youth were less likely to report delinquency than their native-born counterparts.

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