Parental and Teachers’ Regard as Mediators of the Effect of Girls’ Delinquency on Hope

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-858
Journal / PublicationChild Indicators Research
Issue number3
Online published8 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


Adolescents’ loss of hope due to delinquency is a key to help them desist from delinquency. An explanation for the loss comes from social integration theory, which suggests that parental regard and teachers’ regard for the girl mediate the effect of delinquency on the girl’s hope. Regarding the explanation, the study surveyed 622 girls engaged in youth services in Hong Kong, China. Results revealed that the girl’s escapist delinquency (e.g., runaway, truancy, and substance abuse) committed in the previous 3 months had a negative effect on hope, through mediation by parental regard and teachers’ regard perceived. These results support the principle of restorative justice about the import of the regard for delinquents’ rehabilitation.

Research Area(s)

  • Delinquency, Hope, Parental regard, Social integration, Teachers’ regard