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Background and objectives: The aim of this study was to identify the relationship between self-esteem and prevention of male juvenile delinquency (first and second year high school students in 2013-2014 academic year) in Tabriz.
Methodology: In terms of its objectives, this study is of an applied research type. In terms of quantitative data gathering, it is a descriptive-correlational study. The statistical population of the study included all the first and second year high school students in Tabriz who were selected using cluster sampling method. Also, 49 delinquent juveniles under the supervision of Reformatory Center for Delinquency were assessed as a delinquent group. The research data were collected using a researcher-made questionnaire entitled as 'demographic information' and Cooper-Smith standardized self-esteem questionnaire.
Findings and results: The results of this study showed that self-esteem is effective in the prevention of juvenile delinquency; it means that high self-esteem reduces delinquent behavior of juveniles. Since the juvenile delinquent behaviors include deviant behavior, family or the school conflicts at the beginning of adolescence, membership in the anti-social groups and anomalies, it is possible to reduce the desire to crime by increasing their self-esteem.