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NCJ Number: 187888 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Delinquency: Causes and Control
Author(s): Robert Agnew
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 416
Sponsoring Agency: Roxbury Publishing Co.
Los Angeles, CA 90049-9044
Publication Number: ISBN 1-891487-47-7
Sale Source: Roxbury Publishing Co.
P.O. Box 491044
Los Angeles, CA 90049-9044
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book examines the major research on juvenile delinquency and describes how the research was accomplished.
Abstract: The book attempts to determine what delinquency is, how much there is, whether it is increasing, and who is most likely to commit delinquent acts. It describes the three leading theories of delinquency and the research inspired by those theories. That research examines the extent to which delinquency is caused by individual traits, family factors, school factors, delinquent peers, and gang members. The book further considers the effects of the mass media, religion, the nature of one's community, drugs, and guns. The book considers what police, juvenile courts, and juvenile correctional agencies do to control delinquency, in particular, how the agencies operate, how effective they are, how they could be more effective, and the extent to which they discriminate against certain groups. The book describes four general multiagency strategies for controlling delinquency: the "get tough" strategies of deterrence and incapacitation and the strategies of rehabilitation and prevention. In the course of describing how earlier research was carried out, the book describes how criminologists do such things as estimate the extent of delinquency, determine whether some factor causes delinquency, and whether some program or policy is effective at reducing delinquency. Tables, figures, notes, references, indexes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Criminology; Deterrence effectiveness; Gangs; Incapacitation theory; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile delinquency theory; Rehabilitation
Note: The Roxbury Series in Crime, Justice, and Law
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