• Wan-Ning Bao
Part of the Palgrave Advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Asia book series (PACCJA)


This chapter serves as an introduction to the book. It describes the major achievements since China’s economic reform in the 1980s, followed by detailed accounts of juvenile delinquency during China’s socio-economic transition. The chapter discusses how a rapidly changing Chinese society functions as a breeding ground for many social problems that affect youths and causes delinquency. Using ecological systems theory and general strain theory (GST) as theoretical frameworks, the book examines strain factors in Chinese urban adolescents’ macro-social environment and micro-life settings that interplay to affect youths’ psychological well-being, coping resources to strain, and delinquency. The chapter also highlights the two research projects which have laid the foundation for this book.


Urban adolescents Juvenile delinquency Theoretical frameworks Research projects 


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  • Wan-Ning Bao
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyIndiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA

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