Theories of Juvenile Delinquency

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Theories of Juvenile Delinquency Juvenile delinquency is a threat to society and accordingly, the need to develop an understanding of the deviant behavior is of an utmost importance. There are several theories that explain delinquency and collectively, they provide a greater understanding for administrators and policy makers that are essential in developing programs and treatments that reduce juvenile delinquency and minimize its impact on our societies. This paper will discuss two prominent theories, the choice theory and the learning theories
Choice Theories According to the choice theory, juveniles are rational beings that make a choice of committing an unlawful act on the basis of their evaluation of the risks and benefits derived
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Learning theorists may want celebrities to play a good role model, may oppose violence in video games or television, or may want to focus on the role of families and parenthood is providing an environment that is conducive to good behavior. Policymakers that believe in the strength of the learning theories may still find the need to impose punishment (punishers) however, they may also aspire to rehabilitate the juvenile and administer treatments and programs that will help the juvenile in learning good behavior.

Taylor, R.W., Fritsch, E.J., & Caeti, T.J. (2011). Juvenile justice: Policies, programs, and practices (Custom). (3rd ed.). New York, NY:
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