Breaking Down the Walls of Delinquency

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Obviously something is going on in today’s society if more and more children are committing delinquent crimes. Sometimes a researcher has to get to what he or she thinks is the root of the problem to figure out what spawns a certain issue. What provokes a child to become delinquent and what makes the child gravitate so easily towards this lifestyle? It is necessary to explore how family life influences juvenile delinquency. Juveniles are more likely to become juvenile delinquents if there is little structure provided for them in their families. Children who are rejected by their parents, who grow up in homes with considerable conflict, or who are inadequately supervised are at the greatest risk of becoming delinquent. Literature…show more content…
• The prevalence of childhood abuse or neglect among delinquent and criminal populations is substantially greater than that in the general population. • Delinquent youths with a history of abuse or neglect are at higher risk of continuing their delinquent behavior than delinquents without such a history. • 14.4% of all men in prison in the United States were abused as children and 36.7% of all women in prison were abused as children • Nearly 2/3’s of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused as children • Children who experience child abuse & neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime. Parental rejection may affect the ways in which children regard both themselves and others. Parents who fail to provide consistent guidance deprive their children of opportunities to gain approval by choosing to behave in accordance with parental rules. If parents treat their offspring with disdain, the offspring are likely to regard themselves as unworthy of care and may come to believe that the way they are treated is how they should treat others. When children misbehave, parents are the first line of control. How they discipline can influence not only immediate behavior, but also their future influence on the child's values. Several longitudinal
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