Juvenile Crime

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There has always been alarm and despair over escalating juvenile crime. In the 1950s there were reports about the mushrooming problems with youthful gangs in the big cities. In the 1960s we began to hear about a surge of juvenile crime in areas that had been regarded as virtually crime free. In the suburbs as well as the inner cities, youngsters were dropping out of school, using drugs and committing crimes. In the 1970s and 1980s, juvenile court dockets became increasingly jammed with criminal cases. According to the Department of Justice, the percentage increases in arrests from 1985 to 1994 have been greater for juveniles than for adults. During 1994 alone, 2.7 million juveniles were arrested. During the latter part... View More »

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A sensible theory is that the child¡¦s personality unfolds in response to the people and events around him. A typical response might be that the delinquent behavior represents a neglected child¡¦s attempt to compensate for attention that he did not receive in other ways. They may believe the child turned to drugs because of exposure to their parents drinking and pill taking and this alleviated their own anxiety or depression. According to the American Psychological Association, violence is a serious possibility in children who exhibit the following warning signs:

?« Loss of temper on a daily basis

?« Frequent physical fighting

?« Significant vandalism or property damage

?« Increase in use of drugs or alcohol

?« Increase in risk-taking behavior

?« Detailed plans to commit acts of violence

?« Announcing threats or plans for hurting others

?« Enjoying hurting animals

?« Carrying a weapon

The potential for violence exists in other children, the group says. Children who are in a gang or even who have a strong desire to be in a gang are at risk. If they start withdrawing from friends and usual activities, they are at risk. Even youngsters who suddenly start getting bad grades could be prone to violence. There is no formula for pinpointing exactly who will become violent. Numerous studies have been performed however, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has focused on certain factors that pinpoint violent behavior. These include:

?« Previous aggressive or violent behavior

?« ...

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