The issue if criminal behavior among our youth is deeply troubling to Americans. There appears to be a profound depression among growing numbers of youth that life (either theirs or someone else's) has any value. A distinguished group of scholars addresses these issues and evaluates solutions from the perspectives and research offered by each of their disciplines. Delinquent Violent Youth opens with a literary and historical overview of crime amongst rural and urban youth, followed by a chapter that explores the theoretical and social policy thinking that grew from these traditions and shaped society's responses to youth in trouble. Next, the book reviews the vast literature concerning how families, peers, schools, and the community influence delinquent behavior. Subsequent chapters explore the role substances play in delinquent behavior; the influence television has on violent behavior in childhood and adolescence; the nature and treatment of violent behavior in adolescents and the implications for treatment; a developmental perspective of youth gangs; effective community-based approaches for treating juvenile offenders; effective interventions for incarcerated youth; and, the promotion of juvenile rightency. For graduate students, program directors, and clinicians who want to increase their knowledge of violent delinquent behavior, Delinquent Violent Youth offers a solid overview and guidance in the selection of approaches that work for intervening with violent youth.
Chapter 1: Reflections on Delinquency, Dickens, and Twain
Reflections on Delinquency, Dickens, and Twain
Victorian literature enthusiasts, and particularly students of Dickens and Twain, are aware that the social issues addressed by novelists of that era are virtually the same as those we confront today. In looking back at the amazing technological advances achieved by humans in the past 200 years, it is disheartening to view the relative stagnation in progress concerning our ability to resolve social conflicts. It seems incongruous that we can put people on the moon and scientifically explore our universe yet remain unable to maintain peace and civility on earth—as the strife and atrocities in the former Yugoslavia and in too many of the developing countries painfully remind us.
Needless to say, man's inhumanity to ...