Psychological Perspectives On Studying Juvenile Delinquency And Disorder Behavior

1642 Words Apr 21st, 2016 7 Pages
This essay will compare and contrast some psychological and sociological approaches to studying juvenile delinquency and disorder behaviour. The question is what makes people behave disorderly. Youth disorderly behaviours are studied using different approaches including psychological and sociological approaches. Both psychological and sociological approaches to studying juvenile delinquency are necessary. This essay starts with outlining and defining disorderly behaviour and juvenile delinquency. Then, it will look at the work of Eysenck, the Cambridge Study of Delinquent Development research which was a longitude study and the Integrated Cognitive Antisocial Potential theory by Farrington, all fit in psychological approach; studying the connection between personality and disorder. It will then look at Sociological approach by looking at the work of Howard Becker, Stan Cohen and Stuart Hall. This essay will be analysing and comparing their theories and separating the differences and noting the similarities in their ideas. This essay will provide evidence for each theory. It will then conclude by specifying significant similarities and differences in the light of the evidence presented.
Disorderly behaviour is any behaviour that does not conform to generally accepted social or cultural norms and expectations. (Havard and Clarke, 2014, p. 249). Disorderly behaviour in young people occurs when a youth’s behaviour is in violation of criminal law, juvenile status offences and…
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