What Causes Delinquency in Children? Cause and Effect Essay by scribbler

What Causes Delinquency in Children?
A brief review of the factors that contribute to the development of delinquency in children.
# 152549 | 845 words | 1 source | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Mar 15, 2013 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Social) , Criminology (General)

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The paper discusses the connection between low socioeconomic class and delinquency and examines the role of quality child care in supporting low-income children and offering learning opportunities and social and emotional supports that many would not experience at home. The paper addresses the risk factor of a single parent home and looks at the probability of aggression together with peer rejection influencing the child to become a serious delinquent during adolescence. In addition, the paper discusses biological factors that appear to play a major role in the development of crime and delinquency, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorders.

From the Paper:

"Poverty refers to a situation in which the basic resources to maintain an average standard of living in a specific geographic region are lacking. This typically includes the absence of sufficient resources to meet basic life necessitates. There is little doubt that poverty has a strong connection to persistent, violent offending, as measured by official, victimization, and self report data on both adult and juvenile offenders. Poverty influences the family in many ways, not the least of which is the impact on parent's behavior toward children. The stress caused by poverty in urban settings is believed to diminish parents' capacity for supportive and consistent parenting. This situation may lead to coercive and highly aggressive methods of child control.
"The connection between low socioeconomic class and delinquency does not mean that poverty causes or inevitably leads serious, chronic offending. The great majority of poor children and adults are law abiding citizens and children and adults from families of high economic status do engage in serious delinquency and crime. In many communities, children from the lower socioeconomic class are targeted by law enforcement practices more than are children of the middle and upper classes. They are more likely to be taken into custody by police, referred to juvenile courts and adjudicated delinquent. Thus, they appear in the government statistics that serve as the official measures of crime."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bartol, Curt R. and Bartol, Anne M. (2010). Origins of Criminal Behavior: Developmental Risk Factors. Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach. (p. 28-51). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

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