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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.

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the United States: The Influence of Theories and Traditions on Policies and Practices
Juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in the United States: The influence of theories and traditions on policies and practices

During the past decade, official reports of escalating youth gang activity, drug use, and violence (Klein, 1995; Snyder & Sickmund, 1995) in the United States have been highly publicized. Such trends support the common perception that this generation is more out of control than youth of previous generations. Interestingly, this same perception of the increasing danger of youth has been held by American adults at least since delinquency first became a significant social problem (Bernard, 1993; Krisberg & Austin, 1993; Mennell, 1973).

Delinquency ascended to social-problem status during the ...

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