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.

Patient discussion about juvenile delinquency

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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Most behaviors of juvenile delinquency can be classified into four categories: theft, violence to obtain material advantage, violation of state laws (dropout, truancy) and group behavior or tape perceived by others as a threat due to physical aggressiveness and word that implies.
Familial antisocial behaviour has been investigated associating juvenile delinquency and most of the time found positive conjunctions [25].
It involves nurturing and rearing of children who are at risk of being infected of a multi-causal juvenile delinquency.
So it is not erroneous to say that juvenile delinquency has complex roots that remain unexplored within our country.
When juvenile delinquency is examined as an idea, discourse, or label, rather than as an objective and readily identifiable set of behaviors present in whatever historical context, a much more complex picture emerges.
Research exploring the impact of the combined effects of recent stressful life events and exposure to violence on juvenile delinquency has been minimal.
Every year for the past decade or so, in what has been described as the third peak of juvenile delinquency in the postwar period, police have dealt with about 200,000 juvenile delinquents.
When Congress took an interest in his critique in 1954, Wertham was the star witness, appearing before the Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency.
Produced in cooperation with the Library of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, the service covers crime trends, crime prevention and deterrence, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, police, courts, punishment and sentencing.
Juvenile delinquency and attention deficit disorder: Boys' developmental trajectories from age 3 to age 15.
Although his brand of hijinx and juvenile delinquency was tame by today's standards, you know he charmed the ladies (including Mrs Cleaver).

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