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A sociological exploration of the causes and consequences of delinquent behavior.
Juvenile Delinquency, Ninth Edition, explores what delinquency is, its causes and influences, and strategies for delinquency prevention. Beyond simply analyzing the problems of delinquency in American society, the authors also examine what can be done about delinquent behavior. The text follows a strong sociological focus and discusses how delinquency develops across a life course, including how it begins, persists, and/or how it terminates in the lives of individuals. The text is unified by the theme of delinquency prevention and offers evidence-based policy recommendations and suggestions for possible treatment interventions.
Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Schmalleger holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master’s (1970) and doctorate (1974) from Ohio State University, with a special emphasis in criminology. From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last 16 of those years, he chaired the university’s Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. He was named Professor Emeritus in 2001. As an adjunct professor with Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university’s graduate program in security administration and loss prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade. Schmalleger has also taught in the New School for Social Research’s online graduate program, helping to build the world’s first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. An avid Internet user, Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of award-winning websites, including one that supports this textbook (
Table of Contents
Part 1—The Nature and Extent of Delinquency
Chapter 1 Adolescence and Delinquency
Chapter 2 Measurement and Nature of Delinquency
Part 2—The Causes of Delinquency
Chapter 3 Individual Causes of Delinquency
Chapter 4 Social Structural Causes of Delinquency
Chapter 5 Social Process Theories of Delinquency
Chapter 6 Social Interactionist Theories of Delinquency
Part 3—The Environmental Influences on and the Prevention of Delinquency
Chapter 7 Gender and Delinquency
Chapter 8 Families and Delinquency
Chapter 9 Schools and Delinquency
Chapter 10 Gangs and Delinquency
Chapter 11 Drugs and Delinquency
Part 4—The Juvenile Justice System
Chapter 12 Juvenile Justice Process
Chapter 13 Police and the Juvenile
Chapter 14 Juvenile Court
Chapter 15 Community-Based Corrections
Chapter 16 Juvenile Institutions and Aftercare