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 4: Adolescent Drug Use, Delinquency, and Other Behaviors
Adolescent Drug Use, Delinquency, and Other Behaviors
Empirical evidence supports a strong relationship between drug use and delinquency (Anglin & Hser, 1987; Hser, Anglin, & Booth, 1987; Inciardi & Pottinger, 1986; Sommers & Baskin, 1994). This association has been documented regardless of drug type, offense committed, and population sampled (Ball, Rosen, Flueck, & Nurco, 1981; Dembo et al., 1991; Elliott & Ageton, 1976; McGlothlin, Anglin, & Wilson, 1978; Otero-Lopez, Luengo-Martin, Miron-Redondo, Carrillo-DeLa-Penta, & Romero-Trinanes, 1994; Speckart & Anglin, 1985). There is also evidence that there are common underlying factors that contribute to drug abuse and delinquency (Clayton, 1995). Factors for both delinquency and drug use include family, peer, and personality variables that were common predictors (Otero-Lopez et al., 1994); ...