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The Adolescent Dilemma
An analysis of America's juvenile delinquency problem and a suggested solution.
# 92781 | 1,144 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Feb 28, 2007 in Criminology (Juvenile Justice) , Sociology (General) , Criminology (General)

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This paper presents an examination of the adolescent dilemma in the United States with regards to juvenile delinquency. The paper explores gang issues, drugs and the juvenile justice system to provide an overview of the current climate in American juvenile life.

The Numbers
Who Is It?
Juvenile Justice System
The Answer

From the Paper:

"The problems with adolescent delinquency have continued to climb and perhaps even more alarming are the numbers of violent crimes that teens are committing. Recent research has indicated that out of every person between the ages of 10 and 17 years old, more than 9,000 arrests were made. Out of those crimes fourteen percent of them were arrested for murder. In addition another 14 percent were charged with aggravated assault and 17 percent committed forcible and violent rape acts. From those left 30 percent were charged with robbery and the final 25 percent were charged with various less serious offenses including truancy(Hanna, 2003).
Drugs have also become a major issue among America's youth today.
Gang involvement prompts drug industry involvement and for those who are not in gangs the drugs are there for the taking if they know who to ask(Hanna, 2003).
All in all the problem of teenage crime is getting out of control. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, Randall (1999) Assessing attitudes and behaviors of high-risk adolescents: an evaluation of the self-report method. Adolescence
  • Hanna, Fred (2003) Incarcerated and court-involved adolescents: counseling an at-risk population. Journal of Counseling and Development
  • Seigel, Larry, Brandon Welsh. Juvenile Delinquency: The Core Siegel (2nd Ed. 2002), Wadsworth Publishing, 0-534-62983-0.
  • Knight, D., Hensley, V., & Waters, B. (1988). Validation of the Children's Depression Scale and the Children's Depression Inventory in a prepubertal subsample. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 29, 853-863.
  • Kotsopoulos, S., Walker, S., Copping, W., Cote, A., & Stavrakaki, C. (1994). Parent-rating and self-report measures in the psychiatric assessment of adolescents. Adolescence, 29, 653-663.

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