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NCJ Number: 169046 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Offending in Adolescence: Epidemiology, Correlates, Outcomes, and Treatment (From Delinquent Violent Youth: Theory and Interventions: Theory and Interventions, P 144-174, 1998, Thomas P. Gullotta, Gerald R. Adams, et al., eds. - See NCJ-169040)
Author(s): C M Borduin; C M Schaeffer
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter discusses important conceptual issues and research findings pertaining to the nature and treatment of violent criminal behavior in adolescents.
Abstract: The chapter: (1) examines the definitional and methodological difficulties surrounding the study of adolescent and violent behavior; (2) discusses the epidemiology of violent crime among adolescents; (3) reviews research findings pertaining to the precursors and course of aggressive and violent behavior among children and adolescents; (4) reviews recent empirical work on the correlates and causes of violent criminal behavior in adolescents; and (5) examines contemporary research on the evaluation of treatment and service program outcomes with adolescent violent offenders. The literature indicates that violent adolescent behavior is highly stable over time and is linked with deleterious psychological outcomes during adolescence and adulthood. There is some evidence suggesting that adolescent violent and nonviolent offenders may follow different developmental paths. Multidimensional causal models of violent antisocial behavior in adolescents point to a complex and reciprocal interplay between important characteristics of violent adolescents and the social systems in which they are embedded. Effective treatments must address a broad range of antisocial behaviors and the factors that maintain them, and be intensive and ecologically valid. References
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Juvenile treatment evaluation; Juvenile treatment methods; Literature reviews; Multiproblem juveniles; Problem behavior; Violence; Violence causes; Violent juvenile offenders
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