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 10: Preventing Juvenile Delinquency and Promoting Juvenile Rightency
Preventing Juvenile Delinquency and Promoting Juvenile Rightency
Definition of Terms
Juvenile delinquency: First question: What are the terms that you associate with the phrase “juvenile delinquency”? Humm, let's see. That list would include illegal behavior, antisocial behavior, status offenses, acting-out behavior (if it were serious enough), serious problem behavior, truancy, criminal behavior committed by young people, stealing, immoral behavior (at least the kinds that are illegal), serious aggressive behavior, disruptive behavior, behavior involving excessive use of alcohol (depending on the laws of the specific state), any use of illegal drugs, being at risk for untoward behavior of any sort, harassment, persistently bugging or annoying people, conduct disorder, vandalism, destruction of property, attacks on people, academic failure, fire setting, noncompliance, out-of-control ...