The Labeling Theory For Juvenile Delinquency

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The Labeling Theory The labeling theory addresses deviants and puts concern on behaviors that other theories do not. Most theories are primarily concerned with why individuals commit more crime. Rather than analyzing the occurrence of crimes among social groups, the labeling theory challenge us to truly understand deviants and what it means to be categorized as a deviant individual. Unlike the control theories that assumes all of us must be held in check or “controlled” if we are to resist the temptation to commit criminal or delinquency acts, this paper will dissect some important contributions the labeling theory has made to the study of juvenile delinquency (pg.107). In addition, we will discuss the labeling process, some causes of becoming labeled and also the prevention steps taken to decrease juvenile delinquency. Growing up we all have the possibilities of making mistakes that can either teach us a lesson or cost you your life. In the legal criminal system, we are often faced with minors that are under the age of 18 and have committed or taken certain illegal actions. However, acts committed by minors are called “delinquent acts” rather than crimes. When a minor commits a crime they can either be charged as an adult or as a juvenile. Some acts committed by the offenders are believed could be the results of childhood abuse and neglect from parents. Also, poor self-concepts consisting of the inner controls and external pressures may contribute the chances of delinquent

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