Adolescent Delinquency Article Review by Research Group

Adolescent Delinquency
Analyzes two articles on juvenile delinquency: "Is Child Maltreatment a Leading Cause of Delinquency?" by I. M. Schwartz, J.A Rendon, and C.M. Hsieh and "Drug Use and Violent Crime Among Adolescents" by M.P Dawkins.
# 26488 | 1,456 words | 2 sources | APA | 2002 | US

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This paper discusses the article "Is Child Maltreatment a Leading Cause of Delinquency?" (I. M. Schwartz, J.A Rendon, and C.M. Hsieh) which appeared in the September 1994 edition of "Child Welfare". The paper shows that the purpose of this article is to connect the methods, discipline and theories of social work with adolescents to the wider field of the influence of government policy on crime. The paper then discusses M.P Dawkins 1997 article, "Drug Use and Violent Crime Among Adolescents" in which the author reports conducting research at a juvenile detention facility.

From the Paper:

"What makes this article potentially useful to social-work or psychotherapy practitioners is that its findings are somewhat out of line with the popular view that illicit drugs constitute the main catalyst for youth crime. Dawkins reports that alcohol, which is a controlled but otherwise legal substance, and marijuana, which though an illicit substance is not usually considered a hard drug, are more prominent in the background of a good deal of youth violence and nonviolent offenses. Dawkins develops the idea that youths? use of these two substances also cuts across socioeconomic and ethnic lines, though not necessarily an existing criminal record, as more important predictors of future youthful criminal behavior."

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Adolescent Delinquency (2003, May 06) Retrieved February 06, 2023, from

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"Adolescent Delinquency" 06 May 2003. Web. 06 February. 2023. <>