Juvenile Delinquency And Its Effects On Youth Development

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It seems that with every year that passes, the number of young children and adolescents who engage in delinquent or violent behavior increases. Too often society thinks the solution is to incarcerate them when instead many juvenile offenders are great candidates for rehabilitation. Unfortunately, a vast majority of these youth are engaging in risky and dangerous behaviors due to being victims of direct or indirect victimization than can include sexual, physical or emotional victimization and will resort to these behaviors as an outlet. Youth’s exposure to violence (ETV) is another detrimental factor that impact’s one youth development that has been shown to increase a juvenile’s likelihood of committing delinquent/criminal acts which could eventually lead to incarceration. Another discouraging reality concerning juvenile victimization and delinquency is their negative behavior could have been prevented if more young children and adolescents received treatment for the victimization they experienced. Mental health problems such as depression and PTSD have also been linked to juveniles who have been victimized sexually, emotionally and physically especially if they have been incarcerated instead of receiving treatment. Juvenile Victimization While children and adolescents should be able to fully enjoy the freedom of not having crucial responsibilities, they are exceptionally vulnerable and are categorized as one of the most highly victimized individuals of the population.
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