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1954

NEW ZEALAND

REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE

ON

MORAL DELINQUENCY

IN

CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Laid upon the Table of the House of Representatives by Leave

BY AUTHORITY: R.E. OWEN, GOVERNMENT PRINTER, WELLINGTON. 1954

20 September 1954.

The Right Honourable the Prime Minister, Wellington.

Sir,

Having taking into consideration the matters referred to us on 23 July 1954, we submit herewith the report and recommendations upon which we are all agreed.

Accompanying the report, for purposes of record, are four volumes containing the evidence of the witnesses who appeared before us and a large file of the submissions which were made in writing.

We have the honour to be, Sir,

Your Obedient Servants,

O.C. MAZENGARB, Chairman. R.A. BLOODWORTH } J. LEGGAT } G.L. MCLEOD } Members. Lucy V. O'BRIEN } J.S. SOMERVILLE } F.N. STACE }

The Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents

CHAIRMAN

Dr OSWALD CHETTLE MAZENGARB, Q.C.

MEMBERS

Mrs RHODA ALICE BLOODWORTH, J.P. ( Children's Court ).

Mr JAMES LEGGAT, E.D., M.A., Headmaster, Christchurch Boys' High School .

Dr GORDON LOGIE MCLEOD, LL.B. (N.Z.), M.B.Ch.B. (N.Z.), D.P.H. (Eng.), Director, Division of Child Hygiene, Department of Health .

Mrs LUCY VERONICA O'BRIEN, Vice President of Women's Auxiliary of Inter Church Council on Public Affairs: Arch Diocesan President, Catholic Women's League .

Rev. JOHN SPENSER SOMERVILLE, M.C., M.A., Chairman of the Inter Church Council on Public Affairs .

Mr FRANCIS NIGEL STACE, B.E.(Elec. Mech.), B.E.(Mech), President, N.Z. Junior Chamber of Commerce .

SECRETARY

LEN JOSEPH GREENBERG, O.B.E., J.P.

Contents Page

I. Preliminary Observations (1) Sensational Press Reports 7 (2) Press Reports from Overseas 8 (3) A World wide Problem 9

II. Order of Reference and Procedure followed 10

III. Narrative (1) The Hutt Valley Cases 11 (2) Cases in Other Districts 13

IV. Has Juvenile Immorality Increased? (1) Difficulties of Comparison in Absence of Statistics 13 (2) Unreliability of Available Statistics for Comparative 14 Purposes

V. A Change of Pattern in Sexual Misbehaviour (1) Younger Groups Now Affected 18 (2) Precocity of Girls 18 (3) Organization of Immorality 19 (4) Recidivism 19 (5) Changed Mental Attitudes of Girls and Boys 19 (6) Homosexuality 20

VI. Searching for the Cause 20

VII. Some Visual and Auditory Influences (1) Objectionable Publications 21 (2) Films 23 (3) Broadcasting 25 (4) Press Advertising 26 (5) Television 26

VIII. The School (1) Teacher and the Child 27 (2) Co education 28 (3) School Leaving Age 29 (4) Relations with the Child Welfare Division 30 (5) Sex Instruction in School 30 (6) "New Education" 31

IX. Community Influences (1) Housing Development 31 (2) Recreation and Entertainment 35 (3) Liquor and Gambling 36

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