KEY FEATURES A unique approach brings the causes of delinquency into the discussion of the juvenile justice system. Case studies included throughout the chapters bring the content to life and illustrate for students the connections between policy and research. Critical thinking questions appearing at the end of each case study encourage students to use facts and research to make thoughtful decisions regarding the presented issues. A margin glossary helps students master the language used when discussing juvenile justice and delinquency Carefully selected photos aid visual learners by bringing the concepts to life. Web resources at the end of chapters provide students with opportunities explore further information.
Explaining Juvenile Criminal Behavior
Efforts to understand and explain lawbreaking by youth in scientific terms have evolved since the last half of the 19th century. The evolution and popularity of various explanatory paradigms is tied to the emergence of new scientific disciplines and to novel methods of studying human behavior. The process is still moving forward. Prior to the growth of several empirically based studies of delinquency, criminal behavior was explained in religious concepts including demonic possession, the negative influences of secular society, and the inherent evil dwelling within some individuals. Criminal behavior was viewed as a consequence of lacking religious conviction or a basic absence of civilization. Of course, there were ...