Titled "Improving the Health of Canadians: Mental
Health, Delinquency and Criminal Activity," the study analyzed data from
the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth from Statistics Canada.
"One of the things we wanted to do with this is
really sort of step back and through a lens of mental health examine some of
the factors that are associated with youth delinquency and criminal
behaviour," said Jean Harvey, director of CIHI's Canadian Population
The study found that youth who were prone to
hyperactivity and depression as 12 or 13 year ols were more likely to indulge
in delinquent acts involving property.
However when parents were caring and loving toward their
children, there was less chance of kids meeting people with criminal bend of
are connected to the school and they feel a positive bond to their community
and their society ... had reduced delinquency," Harvey said. The study
also found that 26 percent of youth who felt their parents rejected them were