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Abstract—This study explores the influence of juvenile delinquent behaviours on learners’ academic achievement at secondary schools.  This  study  employed  a  qualitative  interpretive  approach  through  a phenomenological  research  design.  Data  were  generated  through  semi-structured  interviews.  Twenty-four  participants  were  purposively  sampled  from  three  secondary  schools  in  Nemanwa  Community  in Masvingo  District,  Zimbabwe.  Participants  involved  three  school  heads,  three  senior teachers,  six disciplinary  committee  members,  and  twelve  secondary  school  learners.  The  thematic  findings  revealed that  pathogenic  family  patterns,   such as  juvenile  delinquent  behaviours  could  negatively  influence  the learners’  academic  achievement. Pathogenic family patterns include broken homes, poverty, orphanhood, domestic violence, divorce, and child-headed families. The results further demonstrated that peer-related delinquent behaviours such as violence, substance abuse, bullying, prostitution, disobedience, absenteeism, and peer influence could influence learners’ academic achievement negatively or positively. This study recommends that parents, teachers, law enforcement agents, policymakers, human rights organisations, and the community should work hand in hand to curb delinquent behaviours and promote academic achievement at secondary schools.

Keywords: Juvenile Delinquency, Academic Achievement, Delinquent behaviours, learners, Secondary School

Marenyenya,  M.  (2023). Delinquent  behaviours  influencing  learners’  academic  achievement  at  secondary   schools   in   Nemanwa   Community,   Zimbabwe. International   Journal   of   Studies   in   Psychology,   3(1),   13-21. https://doi.org/10.38140/ijspsy.v3i1.899