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NCJ Number: 134932 Find in a Library
Title: Delinquency and Youth Crime, Second Edition
Author(s): G F Jensen; D G Rojek
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 543
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88133-646-7
Sale Source: Waveland Press, Inc.
4180 IL Route 83
Suite 101
Long Grove, IL 60047
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Juvenile delinquency is viewed in this text as a sociolegal category invented in conjunction with the juvenile court; as a label applied to youth at the end of a chain of decisions involving the public, police, and juvenile court officials; and as a form of behavior that violates legal codes, regardless of its detection or processing.
Abstract: Juvenile delinquency is discussed in the context of other dimensions of the crime problem, as part of the development of criminology in general and as a social-cultural invention. Consideration is also paid to the production of official data on juvenile delinquency and youth crime and the images conveyed by such statistics, juvenile delinquency research, ways of measuring juvenile delinquency, and the construction of juvenile delinquency as a social problem. Juvenile delinquency causes are examined, and theory and research on biological, genetic, and psychological correlates of juvenile delinquency are described. Specific social institutions and forces that explain juvenile delinquency are identified. In addition, various influences on juvenile delinquency are noted, such as families, schools, peer groups, religion, media, and communities. The text concludes by addressing socialization, deterrence, imprisonment and alternatives, diversion, restitution, shock therapy, and juvenile delinquency prevention. References, tables, figures, and photographs
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Crime Causes; Deterrence; Incarceration; Juvenile courts; Juvenile crime control; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile offenders; Psychological causes of delinquency; Social conditions; Socialization; Socioeconomic causes of delinquency
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