Adult Delinquency : Adolescent Delinquency

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Running Head: ADOLESCENT DELIQUENCY 1 Adolescent Delinquency Amanda Wallin CSUF ADOLESCENT DELIQUENCY 2 Adolescent Delinquency Adolescence is known as a time for discovering oneself, a time where a child transitions into adulthood. Erikson says that this time is when adolescents can find their own identity by sorting through the traditions of their families and cultures they grow up in. This can be a time of discovery but also disorientation and confusion. During their transition issues might occur with independence and self-identity, as well as tough choices influenced by their peers. These choices can be with schoolwork, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, and anything in their social life. Being excepted by their peers, who they are dating and how they look seem to become the most important things in a young teen’s life. (Psych Today, 2002) Delinquency and disobedience is something that is very common among an adolescent. Since they tend to have many mood swings it is possible that they can be both depressed and delinquent at the same time. During this time adolescents are able to both internalize and externalize their behavior. When an adolescent externalizes they are very noticeable acts such as not listening to their parents, talking about other teenagers, siblings, and or teachers behind their backs, as well as slamming doors. Some will act out by breaking the law; this is more common among boys.
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