Taking a sociological approach, this text discusses delinquency as it relates to and emerges from the youth's family, neighborhood, school, peer group, social class, and overall cultural and social environment.
The authors incorporate contributions from sociologists, psychologists, social workers, criminologists, and other specialists who have sought to understand, explain, control, and prevent juvenile delinquency.
An up to date, comprehensive, and in depth study of juvenile delinquency a major social problem in the United States.
Teaches students the ways to understand, explain, control, and prevent juvenile delinquency:
-Through comprehensive coverage of conformity, deviance, causes of delinquency, social control, the juvenile justice system, and the application of abstract theories to concrete strategies for dealing with delinquency.
-Cross-cultural focus on juvenile delinquency in other nations such as England, Australia, Israel, Russia, selected countries of South America, and Africa gives a point of comparison for students in the United States.
-Extensive coverage of explanatory theories and the application of those theories to treatment strategies of juvenile delinquency.
Exposes students to the latest scholarship and research on juvenile delinquency:
-Up-to-date scholarship combined with a student-friendly writing style enhances the learning experience.
-Coverage of current and controversial topics such as adolescent marginality, community policing, gun control, hate crimes, increase in female delinquency, the impact of TV violence, boot camps, capital punishment for juveniles, and the legal age of majority.
-Reports and analyses of contemporary school shootings and other violent youth behavior, throughout the text, provide theoretical explanations of cause and suggest preventative measures. The etiology of this phenomenon will be expanded.
-Coverage of thelatest concepts and theories derived from ongoing research by outstanding scholars from multiple disciplines as well as suggestions and examples for applying these theories to treatment and prevention.
-Chapter 8 covers contemporary integrative and feminist theories of delinquency as well as prospects for future and contemporary theory building. Unique among juvenile delinquency texts, this chapter ties together the major theoretical contributions of the past and focuses the reader on the future.