Juvenile Delinquency And Its Effects On Society

1302 Words Nov 27th, 2016 6 Pages
Scholars have conducted many research to determine what causes juvenile delinquency. Some argue that delinquency occurs through association or from labels society have placed on the individual. Regardless of the results, parent (s) play a major role in the occurrence of juveniles engaging in deviant behavior. If a child lacks the love, affection, stability, and security from his/her parent (s), than the child will seek these such things from their peers. Juveniles often times seek love, affection, stability, and security from other youths that are experiencing the same problem. Once these youths get together, they start to reject society’s expectations and create their own rules. Due to the lack of parental supervision, these youths start to engage in property and violent crimes. Society recognize their groups as deviant and define them as a gang. Over the years, there have been an increase in juveniles joining gangs. Juvenile gangs can be viewed as dangerous. They deal with illegal crimes: distribution of drugs, possession, prostitution, carry firearms, burglary, theft, and murder. Many scholars conducted their own definitions of gangs. However, there is no single definition. According to the National Institution of Justice, “much of the research literature about gangs focuses primarily on youth gangs, as opposed to adult gangs. Researchers accept the following criteria for classifying groups as gangs: the group has three or more members, generally aged 12-24, members…
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