By Contributing Writer - Updated June 21, Juvenile Crime Arrest records indicate that the majority of crime committed in the United States is associated with youths more than any other demographic.
This is normally defined by the court of law. Delinquency on the other hand can be defined as the engaging in actions considered as being unlawful by the state.
So basically, juvenile delinquency can mean any crime committed by a minor whether small like not going to school often or robbery and Murder.
Many researchers have agreed that delinquency is rampant among children living in difficult social, economic conditions.
They view the problems as originating mainly from the family as the first socialization agent. They identified the main stressor to children as follows: The parent having a criminal record, children under child protection, parents having a semi skilled or no job, High debt levels, drug abuse by the parents, death of the household head, and illiteracy among others.
It was established that delinquent adolescents experienced dysfunctional family dynamics, greater anti social personality, higher depression tendencies and high impulsiveness in aggression.
More still they had been sexually abused and experienced streams of drug abuse among the family members p It has been reported that children who witness incidences of violence among their parents are likely to grow up tortured due their failure to address each and every development need of their child.
Violence may also lead in inconsistency in the style of parenting. Children may also imitate their abusive parents as a conflict resolution strategy either verbal or physical. It is also reported that children who are exposed to several episodes of violence in the community or within the family are likely to become offers in their childhood through to their adulthood and hence an increase in Juvenile delinquency Laura L.
Finleyp59 Alcohol and substance abuse among the parents and within the larger community is yet another cause of juvenile delinquency. Children who sees their parents and close relatives abusing drugs and alcohol end up mimicking them.
It has been reported that children in abusive families us the drugs in trying to escape the reality but in the long run fail to contain the effects of the drug and thus committing crimes under the influence a factor that the family instilled in the child Laura L. According to Hon-su Kim, yon-sil Kim Childhood sexual violation is yet another aspect of juvenile delinquency in children.
This is brought about by emotional, familial, mental and social problems which include sexual dysfunction, depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorders and sexual acting Swenson and Hanson, Children who have undergone through the above mentioned tend to result into immoral delinquent behaviors either consciously or unconsciously as a means of either displacement of as a means of life to counteract the horrific experiences.
Alcoholism in the family has been referred to as a cultural aspect that leads to delinquency. In the older African culture where husbands were allowed to marry many wives and all they did was just eat sleep and father children an aspect that did not go down well with the young men as they lacked guidance on what is and what is not morally approved in the society as they had lost a father figure to Alcoholism a factor that introduced the young men to alcoholism, joining Gangs which later committed crimes and so on.
Apart from Alcoholism and violence in the family it has also been argued that a family that lacks proper parenting skills may lead to a delinquency among their children.
Parents who lack efficacy may end up producing delinquent children as they lack a role model to look up to. It is argued that delinquency can only reduce in such families if at list one parent is able to step up his or her efficacy and thus maintain a structure of morality. One of the most causes of juvenile delinquency in the American society to day is family break ups caused by Alcoholism and abusive marriages.Juvenile Delinquency Theories Through an understanding of causes of juvenile delinquency society may come to deal preventively with delinquency; certainly treatment of the offender needs to be based upon an understanding of the causal mechanisms that have produced him.
Juvenile Delinquency Current Issues, Best Practices, and Promising Approaches. By Florencio (Larry) Ramirez. According to the edition of Current Population Reports published by the U.S.
Department of Commerce, there are now more than 70 million children under age 18 in the United States, which is more than 25 percent of the U.S. . of data concerning juvenile delinquency, from which certain general causes of delinquency.
Each juvenile offense is the outcome of a complexity of causes, Delinquencies the result of developmental aberrations may be com-.
Effects of Juvenile Delinquency. Regardless of the causes, juvenile delinquency carries a high cost to the American system.
These costs can be measured in terms . Juvenile Delinquency and Family Structure. by. Anika Doggett. Elon University.
Abstract. This article attempts to explain the effect of family structure on juvenile delinquency. The least amount of communication and structure the family provides, the more likely the .
In this report I will: define juvenile delinquency, give the extent of juvenile delinquency, give some suggestions on what causes juvenile delinquency, and what is being done in various communities to deal with this growing problem.