Juvenile Delinquency

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/5/2013
  • Publisher: Pearson

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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.

Author Biography

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 ( www.mycjlab.com ).

Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and many books, including the widely used Criminal Justice Today (Pearson, 2013), Criminology Today (Pearson, 2012), and Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (Pearson, 2014). See his website at www.schmalleger.com .

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

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