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|This study investigates the impact of the media on juvenile delinquency in the care of
Abu Dhabi and Fujairah - United Arab Emirates. It studies the behaviours of adolescents
in watching the media and its influence on them. It also measures the readiness of
the delinquents to accept the awareness of media as a means of adjustment and a
proactive means to prevent delinquency. In order to answer the research questions and
measure the results, a quantitative approach was used for this study through a survey. The study
sample constitutes of delinquent juveniles, as well as middle and high school students as a control
sample (sample of normal adolescents) as a means to analyse the responses. The
questionnaire was distributed to 46 delinquent juveniles (39 males and 7 females) cared for by
Abu Dhabi and Fujairah care homes. It was also distributed to 120 middle and secondary school
students (65 males and 55 females) in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah. Descriptive statistics and
Chi- square test were used for data analysis. The findings showed that there is no
relationship between adolescents imitating violent content in media and the
phenomenon of juvenile delinquency as (58.69%) of the delinquents and (60%) of normal
adolescent did not imitate the moves of actors in detective films. The results also showed that
there is a positive relationship between the probability of juvenile delinquency and
adolescents? watching media materials for more than four hours per day (Chi-square= 15.38, Df=2,
P=0.01). As a conclusion, the more time adolescents spend on media materials may lead to juvenile
delinquency. The study implicates the need for intensifying the media materials?
awareness directed to adolescents, especially on television and Friday sermons, as they have
a significant impact on the adolescents? personalities and receive wide acceptance among them.
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