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NCJ Number: 186463 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Delinquency and the Social Development Model: The Retrospective Accounts of Homeless Substance Abusers
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:11  Issue:3  Dated:September 2000  Pages:217-233
Author(s): Stephanie W. Hartwell
Date Published: September 2000
Page Count: 17
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigates the relationship between early illicit drug exposure, delinquency, and subsequent adult experience.
Abstract: The study examined the life histories of 31 homeless male drug addicts. Their retrospective reports linked personal history and social circumstance to describe common pathways associated with and emerging from adolescent delinquency and drug involvement. Their accounts, framed within the social development model, indicate that the life chances of teens at risk might improve if policy-based solutions and interventions target and ameliorate contextual and interpersonal risk factors interfering with the accumulation of social capital. Substance abuse is an issue that needs special attention. The article concludes that improved family relations, friendships, school experiences, and social encounters can contribute to productive social development and desisting from delinquent behavior over the life course, increasing an adolescent’s chances of becoming a productive, contributing member of society. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile program needs assessment; Juvenile to adult criminal careers; Policy; Treatment effectiveness
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