When Most People View The Majority Of Juveniles As Rebellious

1174 WordsApr 4, 20175 Pages
When most people view the majority of juveniles as rebellious kids who are searching for their place in the world, they do not realize that some of these “rebellious kids” could turn out to be dangerous criminals in the future. Yes, they are searching for their place in the world, but the thing that most people do not realize is that they think have found it through juvenile deviancy, even if they know it is illegal. The definition of a juvenile is someone under age 18. The brain does not fully develop until the mid 20’s. This means that they are not at their full cognitive capacity which leads to a greater susceptibility to delinquency. People do not realize that the things that juveniles hear do not always “go in one ear, and out the…show more content…
In addition to character traits, environmental factors are a huge contributor to delinquent behavior. Environmental factors include parenting, peers, mental illness, neighborhoods, education and more. A 25 year-long study proved that inadequate schooling/ education is connected to juvenile delinquency. One of the discoveries from the study showed the following: “A 25 year-long study consisting of 1,500 children in low-income inner-city Chicago neighborhoods found that children who attended a high-quality preschool were 28% less likely to develop drug problems or be incarcerated in adulthood. Additionally, they were 22% less likely to be arrested for a felony and 24% more likely to attend a four-year college.” (Contributing Factors, 2016). What children are exposed to when they are young and vulnerable, will stay with them for a very long time, sometimes even forever. Mental illness is an obvious reason for most delinquent behavior. There are many treatments for mental illness, but not all will have the opportunity or willingness to receive it. Untreated mental illness can be extremely dangerous, and can increasingly get worse. Children who are experiencing mental illness sometimes are too scared to confront their parents or guardians about it. Sometimes, the parents or guardians might even brush it off if they do confront them. This can lead to the feeling of being trapped, which makes the child feel
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