New research has examined the cost of raising kids from birth to age 17 years in America. The results are stunning as they compared normal, non-delinquent teens with the abused, the delinquent, the violent and the homicidal.
Each group of 30 teenagers were assessed for total expenses, victimization costs, and criminal justice expenditures.
The 17 years cost were;
- Normal, non-delinquent youth – $150,754
- Abused, delinquent, and violent youth – $301,508
- Homicidal youth – $3,935,433
Incredibly the cost to society of homicidal youth is 26 times the cost of a normal non-delinquent youth.
While the severe personal costs to the victims and to the youth themselves needs to be addressed public health policies need to work on these issues more effectively.
The research was reported in; Cost comparisons of raising a child from birth to 17 years among samples of abused, delinquent, violent, and homicidal youth using victimization and justice system estimates. From; Psychol Rep. 2009 Feb;104(1):309-38. By; Zagar AK, Zagar RJ, Bartikowski B, Busch KG.
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