juvenile delinquency

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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.
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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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The deviance in general and the juvenile delinquency, in particular, are social phenomena which lately have seen strong growth particularly in terms of complexity and variety of committed acts but also in terms of sanctions applicable to minors.
Familial antisocial behaviour has been investigated associating juvenile delinquency and most of the time found positive conjunctions [25].
This study assumed that the public and the private sector in Cagayan de Oro City have established collaboration for the prevention and control of juvenile delinquency.
Juvenile delinquency is increasing in epidemic portion in Pakistan, but neither the law nor other people associated with it are concentrating their efforts to recognize the persistent and serious dangers that are associated with it .
In their respective essays, all six contributors set themselves against what they describe as "essentialist" and "dehistoricized" accounts of the relationship between juvenile delinquency and the state, many of which explicitly valorize the state (whether Western capitalist or Soviet Communist) as the one entity capable of solving this worrying social "problem." In such an analysis, they complain, both juvenile delinquency and the state are unnecessarily reified in ways that erode and elide their constructed nature.
Participants will also take interest in issues related to the prevention of juvenile delinquency, rehabilitation and re-integration of delinquent youth in their social environment and relevant experiences across the world.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is the Department of Justice (DOJ) office charged with providing national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.
Our culture gives parents power over their children and so children mainly behave much better and the problem of juvenile delinquency is much less prevalent.
The conversion of scientific knowledge about juvenile delinquency to actual policy and practice has been dreadfully slow and even stalled at times.
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The Safe and Drug-Free Schools' Mentoring Program promotes mentoring activities for at-risk children that (1) assist such children in receiving support and guidance from a mentor; (2) improve academic performance; (3) improve interpersonal relationships with peers, teachers, family members, and other adults; (4) reduce the dropout rate; and (5) reduce juvenile delinquency and involvement in gangs.
Bad Youth: Juvenile Delinquency and the Politics of Everyday Life in Modern Japan.

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