Youth and the law: the impact of legal problems on young people

Courts Teenagers Australia

Abstract: Stress-related illness, physical ill health, relationship breakdown, moving home, and loss of income or financial strain, were all adverse consequences attributed to the legal problems reported by respondents to the Legal Australia-Wide (LAW) Survey. This paper draws on the LAW Survey data to explore the adverse consequences reported by young females and males. The findings indicate that young people, like their older counterparts, are not immune to experiencing the adverse consequences of legal problems. In addition, for young people aged 15–17 years, there are strong gender differences in the rate with which some adverse consequences are reported.

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