Chapter 6: "Juvenile Delinquency"
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This paper reviews Chapter 6 titled "Juvenile Delinquency" in the book "Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach" by by C.R. Bartol & A.M Bartol and describes both the content and layout of the chapter. The paper discusses how although the chapter does an excellent job of laying out the theories that are relevant to juvenile delinquency, as well as the prospects for handling the issue of juvenile offenders, the chapter does not paint a precise picture of the state of juvenile delinquency at present times. The paper maintains that one of the most important aspects of this chapter is its discussion of ageism with respect to juvenile offending; the paper also asserts that the authors could have included more detailed explanations of some research studies. In conclusion, the author posits that the chapter is informative, well written, and follows a natural progression from definition to variation, to causation, to prevention, and finally, to treatment.
From the Paper:"The chapter on Juvenile Delinquency begins by reminding the reader of the importance of taking media accounts of violence and crime with a 'grain of salt,' as often they tend to be exaggerated and sensationalized versions of the truth. The authors then proceed to provide legal, social and psychological definitions of juvenile delinquency before placing the concept within the larger framework of criminal behavior. Important differences are discussed concerning the severity of juvenile delinquency, which can range from being relatively mild to very severe, as well as differences in delinquency rates for boys and girls. The authors then devote a section of the chapter to examining the developmental theories of delinquency, focusing predominantly on Moffit's Developmental Theory and Coercion Developmental Theory. The second half of the chapter focuses on the important topic of prevention, intervention and treatment of juvenile offending. One of the most unique and perhaps 'uplifting' aspects of juvenile delinquency is that it focuses on a group of offenders who are still developing, still learning, and who may have a greater opportunity for rehabilitation. The authors discuss the crucial characteristics of successful programs, including the facts that these interventions begin early, before delinquency begins, that they focus on established developmental research, are targeted at multiple aspects of a young person's life and circumstances, are culturally diverse and finally that they keep a primary focus on the young person's family."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bartol, C.R. & Bartol, A.M. (2011). Chapter 6: Juvenile Delinquency. In Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach, Ninth Edition (pp. 137-170). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
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