juvenile delinquency

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juvenile delinquency

persistent antisocial, illegal, or criminal behavior by children or adolescents to the degree that it cannot be controlled or corrected by the parents. It endangers others in the community, and it becomes the concern of a law enforcement agency.

ju·ve·nile de·lin·quen·cy

(jū'vĕ-nil dĕ-lingk'wĕn-sē)
An older term used to describe the behavior of teenagers acting in a manner inconsistent with societal expectations. Cf. sociopath, antisocial personality disorder.

juvenile delinquency

Criminal behaviour by a young person. Juvenile delinquency has a peak incidence around fifteen or sixteen years of age and is commonly associated with peer pressures to conform, parental neglect and lack of social opportunity to direct energy into more acceptable channels. There is often a poor school record, with truancy and resentment of authority. Most delinquents eventually learn to conform to generally acceptable patterns of behaviour.

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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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Arguably, by their own accounts, several of the first juvenile court's officials seemed to believe that the court's fundamental goal was to save certain children--mainly native white or middle class children--from criminal prosecution and from other delinquent children.
Dattu upheld his conviction by the trial court and subsequently the high court, but let him go without a punishment in the interest of other delinquent children with whom he would have to share the special home.
Bejarano believed that delinquent children should not be punished in prisons.
That argument is not entirely convincing, in part because in Memphis public institutions dealt with delinquent children, and private organizations with dependent children, a group that, as Trost argues elsewhere in the book, have been neglected in studies of other parts of the United States.
I am sick and tired of living in stinking Geordieland with its delinquent children and youngsters.
Having seen "something other than myself," however, Paula Fox was ready to go home again to teach delinquent children about the stars, to write remarkable novels like Desperate Characters and her Newberry Prize-winning children's book, and to go out at night with people like Paul Robeson, about whom there's a story here involving all the baggage porters in Grand Central station that is so good it deserves its pride of place in this memoir written so indelibly on autumn leaves.
Besides punishment for the culprit, the fact of the name and address would spur the parents to assert more authority on their delinquent children.
The decision also provides for a compulsory measure in which the girl's freedom may be restricted for up to 180 days during two years at an institution for delinquent children.
As a result, there is a great lack of interest in correcting the African American delinquency problem, despite the scientific evidence that most delinquent children will grow out of their antisocial behavior.
The decision at the Sasebo branch of the Nagasaki Family Court also provides for a compulsory measure where the girl's freedom of movement may be restricted for two years at an institution for the rehabilitation of delinquent children.
In a house they would be totally destructive and are like delinquent children in the kennels - constantly looking to escape.