chapter  II
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A DESCRIPTION OF THE SAMPLE

There are obviously other factors associated with social class which have relevance to delinquent behaviour. Unskilled work and consequent low incomes are to a great extent concomitant with inadequate housing. There has been shown to be a strong correlation between delinquency, overcrowding and social class (Morris, 1957, p. 169). Overcrowding and inadequate housing are likely to be two aspects of an underprivileged neighbourhood 'characterized by a long history of poverty, casual employment and bad housing .... In such areas educational attainments lag far behind those of the better-off districts and a lack of creative activities and healthy recreation are contributory causes for the general drift of children and young people into crime and delinquency' (Mays, 1954, p. 147).