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NCJ Number: 183255 Find in a Library
Title: Wayward Kids: Understanding and Treating Antisocial Youth
Author(s): Delton W. Young Ph.D.
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 335
Sponsoring Agency: Jason Aronson, Inc
Northvale, NJ 07647
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7657-0191-X
Sale Source: Jason Aronson, Inc
Publicity Manager
230 Livingston Street
Northvale, NJ 07647
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The capacity to discriminate the different personalities of youths who commit antisocial acts has become so sophisticated that clinicians can now identify subtypes, predict who will behave violently, and develop strategies for treatment that work; this book presents the most recent advances in this area of clinical practice.
Abstract: The book recommends diagnostic and classification methods based on observable behavior and analyzes the failures of socialization leading to pathological development. The author describes behavioral patterns of various kinds of antisocial youth, ranging from a temporary phase of adolescent delinquency to the development of a lifelong psychopathic character. The significant role of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders in antisocial behavior is considered in determining methods for evaluation and treatment. Emphasizing the need for a broad repertoire of treatment options, the author proposes nonclinical interventions such as alternative school assignment, mentoring, anger management, police arrest, and incarceration as potentially effective. Clinical treatments recommended as useful for children and adolescents early in their antisocial careers include individual cognitive therapy, family therapy, and behavioral management for parents. The book recommends multisystemic therapy -- a comprehensive, community-based treatment program with a family preservation approach -- for more serious and chronic offenders. 250 references and a subject index
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Diagnostic and reception processing; Emotional disorders; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile treatment evaluation; Juvenile treatment methods; Mental disorders
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