Juvenile Delinquency : A Complex Social Phenomenon Of Criminal Behavior

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Introduction Given the range and significance of juvenile delinquency, the demand for understanding strategies has become apparent in order to combat a complex social phenomenon of criminal behavior in juveniles. The juvenile justice system is an intricate part of juvenile justice intertwining law enforcement, court and correctional agencies along with the community when dealing with juvenile delinquents. Thus, understanding delinquents and how they behave is crucial when considering the effectiveness of prevention to commit further crimes. Theories of juvenile justice causation enables all to understand what the strains and breakdowns in social processes are to assist in the production of conformity. During the former years of juvenile delinquency, treatment of children changed how society viewed the social and special needs of children by examining the theories of what could have caused youth to commit crimes.
Juvenile Delinquency Theories “Symbolic-interactionist theories of delinquency are concerned less with values than with the way in which social meanings and definitions can help produce delinquent behavior,” (The Gale Group, Inc., 2001). In other words, symbolic interactionism recognizes the theories of delinquency through the eyes of values versus socialism. Earlier interactionist theories based their theories on how adolescents acquired meanings and definitions from others, but as time has passed, now focuses on the role of official control agencies…
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