The Problem Of Juvenile Delinquency

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INTRODUCTION In 2013, with seventy three point five million Americans, about one in four were under the age of eighteen. Forty nine percent were females while the other fifty one percent were male. Astounding thirty to forty percent of this population will commit their first crime between the ages of fourteen and fifteen. While most are just beginning puberty, these young boys and girls are becoming juvenile delinquents because they chose the wrong path or the wrong path was laid out for them. THEORIES AND CAUSE OF JUVENILE DELIQUENCY There are many theories and causes to why some juveniles end up being juvenile delinquents. The first is that peer groups can play a major role in one’s life between the ages of twelve and eighteen, pressuring juveniles to abandon their home life and join street gangs. Society can play a similar role by labeling our youth and with such a young mindset they figure if they are going to be blamed and punished anyways, why not the satisfaction of actually committing the crime have. These two reasons however, play only a minor role compared to personal and family issues. “If we could measure the connection between violent crime and welfare reform properly, we might find that it has more to do with neighborhoods than with households or individuals”. Personal causes can be anything from drugs to desire while family issues can be anything as simple as parenting style to moral and economic problems. Parenting styles can cause long term psychology

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