The Role Of Social Risk Factors On The Development Of Our Youth

3123 WordsDec 20, 201413 Pages
Jenalee Dawson SSCU/494 Research Proposal December 12th 2014 Families play a vital role in the development of our youth. Studies done on juvenile delinquency have shown that the family environment can present either a risk or protective factor. I have found through my research that as the number of risk factors to which youth are exposed increases, so does the probability that they will engage in delinquent behaviors. The presence of one risk factor may promote the existence of another risk factor, which may then in return lead to a greater likelihood of problematic behaviors in adolescents. Families that are exposed to multiple risk factors are considered "at-risk families”. Finding the root causes and factors and understanding the effects of these family-based risk and protective factors is important in preventing adolescents from being involved in illegal, harmful, or inappropriate conduct, and keeping them on track. What exactly provokes a child to become delinquent and what makes the child gravitate so easily towards this lifestyle? With my research study I would like to explore how social risk factors influence juvenile delinquency. Are Juveniles more likely to become juvenile delinquents if there is little structure provided for them in their families? Do social factors in society influence these negative behaviors? What are protective factors that contribute to prevention of juvenile delinquency in adolescents? Much research has
Open Document