juvenile delinquent

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1. failing to do that which is required by law or obligation.
2. a person who neglects a legal obligation.
juvenile delinquent a juvenile offender; an individual who commits a violation of the law within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court system.

ju·ve·nile de·lin·quent

(jū'vĕ-nīl dē-lin'kwent),
Older term for a minor who cannot be controlled by parental authority and who has legally been found to have committed criminal acts, such as vandalism, violence, or robbery.

juvenile delinquent

a person who performs illegal acts and who has not reached an age at which treatment as an adult can be accorded under the laws of the community having jurisdiction. Also called juvenile offender, young offender.

ju·ve·nile de·lin·quent

(JD) (jū'vĕ-nil dě-lingk'wĕnt)
Older term for a minor who cannot be controlled by parental authority and who has legally been found to have committed criminal acts, such as vandalism, violence, or robbery.

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Q. Can someone please explain the reason for juvenile delinquency?

A. Juvenile delinquency is not necessarily a trait of bipolar disorder, although it is possible for a person with bipolar disorder to act on impulse while experiencing an episode. To use Justins example, shop lifting, an adult in a manic episode may spend all of their money without thought or reason, where a child/youth may not have money to spend which may lead to shop lifting. In a manic episode Justin is right the lines between right and wrong can be blurred, thus the person suffering may make poor decisions and can find themselves in trouble with the law.

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One recent study used the newer version of FACES-III (Olson, 1986) to assess adolescents' perception of family adaptability and cohesion in order to determine whether and in what ways the family systems of adolescent sex offenders (n = 39) differed from violent juvenile delinquents (n = 25), nonviolent juvenile delinquents (n = 41), and normal families (normative data) (Bischof, Stith, & Wilson 1992).
They had formed a gang every bit as tight as one of those juvenile delinquent gangs seen harassing people on city streets.
This is not your juvenile delinquent child,'' Slater said.
1999" will remake the landmark special by documenting the meeting of a new generation of juvenile delinquents with a new group of lifers, in the much-changed prison world of 1999.
Schauss advises parents of juvenile delinquents to have their child examined by a doctor to see if they have vitamin deficiencies or food allergies that may be causing them undue stress or discomfort.
We know now that many juvenile delinquents and gangbangers are the children of domestic violence,'' he said.
And in more than a few cases, the mentally incompetent, juvenile delinquents or the innocent (there were 48 of them, according to a report by the House Subcommittee during the past two decades), have been executed.
Scientists who studied juvenile delinquents in the US claimed yesterday that smoking may damage babies' brains.
Volunteer drummer Angel says drum therapy helps bring out the child in these sometimes hardened juvenile delinquents, many of whom are serving several months at the camp on various weapons possession, theft and burglary charges.
Ty's bland girlfriend, on the other hand, tries to dissuade him from playing in a band with a line that wouldn't have passed muster in a teensploitation movie from that era: ``It's wild music, Tyler - it's what juvenile delinquents listen to.
It's like a country boy coming to the big city,'' said trainer Carla Gaines, who, appropriately, counseled juvenile delinquents in her native Alabama before indulging her love of horses.
The second, ``Juvie,'' is a message-driven play that depicts the life of locked-up juvenile delinquents.

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