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NCJ Number: 182008 Find in a Library
Title: Bad, Sad, and Rejected: The Lives of Aggressive Children
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:42  Issue:2  Dated:April 2000  Pages:123-133
Author(s): Jane B. Sprott; Anthony N. Doob
Date Published: April 2000
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article discusses responses to violent acts by young children.
Abstract: Although on a broad level there appears to be widespread public support for dealing with very young violent children in the youth justice system, that support diminishes substantially when people are given a choice of how to deal with violent children. Most people in fact prefer dealing with very young violent children in the mental health or child welfare system as opposed to the youth justice system. Given the continuing concern over the minimum age of criminal responsibility, it would be useful to know something about the lives of the children that cause society so much concern. Using a representative sample of 3,434 10- and 11-year-old Canadian children, a study found that aggressive children were more likely than other children to feel unhappy and rejected. There are, therefore, two reasons to reject proposals for criminalizing the behavior of 10- and 11-year-olds: the public does not want it and an additional punitive response from the state would only add to the misery of the children’s lives. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Canada; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Corrections policies; Juvenile processing; Punishment; Ungovernable juveniles; Violence; Violent juvenile offenders; Youthful offenders
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