The Number Of Juveniles Committing Crimes

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The number of juveniles committing crimes seems to be decreasing every year, but the numbers are still high and police force can’t seem to figure out what the problem is. Though no one answer can tell people why numbers are going up, researchers are determine to figure out what may be the root of the issue. It has been stated by many studies that the environment a child comes from can determine whether they will become a criminal. There are 3 main categories that have been discussed that researchers believe may affect the way a juvenile acts. These categories are family disruptions, single parent households, and lower class living. All these categories are things that come up in every study done to figure out whether a juvenile is affected…show more content…
A child’s mind can be massively affected by divorce and this is what makes them delinquent. A child who is use to seeing marital discord in their home is sometimes prone to delinquent ways. Marital discord is the lack of concord or harmony between two married people. Many parents experience unhappy conflicts where they bicker a lot amongst each other and sometimes in front of the children. While most hostile parents get divorced, some decide to stay together for the sack of their children. These parents do not always understand how exposing their children to ongoing conflict can be very harmful to them. The children can be emotional and physical affected in ways such as depression, anti-social behavior, and aggressive delinquent behavior. The social learning theory argues that aggressive behavior is learned because children tend to imitate what they see. Researchers have come up with three major relationships between family disruption and delinquency which are trauma theories, life course theories, and selection theories. The trauma theories suggest that the loss of a parent has a damaging effect on children, most commonly because of the effect on attachment to the parent (Juby and Farrington 2001). Life course theories focus on separation as a long drawn out process rather than a discrete event, and on the effects of multiple stressors
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