The Relationship Between Child Maltreatment And Delinquency

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JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND DRUG USE Childhood Maltreatment and Delinquency By Ebele Udeogalanya St. John’s University CRM 119 Dr. Marquis R. White October 22nd 2014 I. Introduction and Justification This thesis proposal hopes to examine the relationship between child maltreatment in the form of physical abuse, psychological and emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect and subsequent juvenile delinquency as well as future adult criminal offending. Physical abuse is defined at hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, burning, pinching, hair pulling, biting, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping and paddling. Psychological and emotional abuse is defined as yelling, screaming, name-calling. Sexual abuse is defined as fondling, penetration, intercourse, exploitation ,pornography, child prostitution, group sex, oral sex. Neglect is defined as lack of supervision, inadequate housing or shelter, inadequate provision of food and water, abandonment, inappropriate clothing for weather, inadequate hygiene, and denial of medical or dental care. Juvenile delinquency will be operationalized by participating in acts including drug use and prostitution. This study will also examine the extent of mediating risk factors such as timing of maltreatment, gender, race, running away, sexual initiation, school problems etc. The justification for this research is to provide empirical backing for structured policy and intervention curbed at eliminating the effects of
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