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The Second Edition of Preventing and Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: A Comprehensive Framework aims to inform students about the latest research and the most promising and effective programs and provides a wealth of information for understanding, preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency. Key Features

  • Examines the history of current juvenile justice system policies and practices, including the juvenile violence “epidemic”
  • Discusses key myths about juvenile violence and the ability of the juvenile justice system to handle modern-day juvenile delinquents
  • Applies developmental theories of juvenile delinquency to understanding how juvenile offender careers evolve
  • Reviews effective prevention and rehabilitation programs and what does not work
  • Presents a comprehensive framework for building a continuum of effective programs

Intended Audience: This is an ideal supplementary text for undergraduate and graduate courses in juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, and ...

A Theory of Juvenile Delinquency and Gang Involvement
A theory of juvenile delinquency and gang involvement

The chapter begins with an explanation of the risk-protection framework that undergirds modern developmental theories of delinquency. This is followed by a review of the major risk factors for serious and violent delinquency. The chapter concludes with an illustration of how risk factors operate in a theoretical framework that provides an explanation of the social development process that leads to delinquency and gang involvement.

The Risk-Protection Framework

Risk- and protection-focused approaches to the prevention of particular problems were pioneered by public health professionals and have been successful in reducing problems as diverse as cardiovascular disease and traffic-related injuries (Institute of Medicine, 1994). Risk-focused strategies for the prevention of cardiovascular disease seek to ...

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