Abstract: This study aims to determine the level of youth involvement in social problems in low-cost housing areas. In addition, this study aims to determine the relationship between parental behavior, cognition and perception of internal factors and individual characteristics of the environment with the involvement of youth in social problems. Quantitative research methods were used in data collection and analysis process. Data were collected through the questionnaire form that contains a Parental Behaviour Inventory (PBI), cognitive and internal perception of youth, the environment factors and Delinquency Scale for at-risk teenagers who live in low-cost housing areas in Kuala Lumpur. The study found that the main problem are teenagers hanging out in shopping, spending time in video game shops or cafes, hitting partners, fighting, hurting people, bullying, vandalizing public property, involved in illegal racing and watching pornographic movies. The Pearson correlation analysis results were found positive and significant relationship between cognition and internal perception to the involvement of young people in social problems (r = 0.556; p<0.01); behavioral factors of parents and youth involvement in social problems (r = 0.426; p<0.01) and relationship of environmental characteristics to youth involvement in social problems (r = 0.300, p<0.01).
A.M. Azmi, O. Nik Hairi, M. Jamiah, C.K. Arena, I. Fauziah and P. Kartigavani, 2013. The Involvement of Teenagers in Social Problems at Low Cost Housing Areas. The Social Sciences, 8: 260-264.