Abuse and Delinquency
Does abuse and neglect lead to later delinquency? Throughout my life experiences I would have to agree that there is an abuse-delinquency linkage. This may not be true for someone else who has experienced the same. As with anything, I believe it all depends on the person and the situation. Although I came from what was considered a model home, there were a lot of things that happened behind closed doors. This could be the main factor of why I believe abuse, neglect, and delinquency go hand in hand. The terms child abuse and neglect are sometimes used interchangeably, but they represent different forms of maltreatment. Neglect refers to deprivations children suffer at the hands of their parents (lack of food, shelter, health care, love). Abuse is a more overt form of aggression against the child (physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect). “The immediate emotional effects of abuse and neglect include isolation, fear, and an inability to trust and can translate into lifelong consequences, including low self-esteem, depression, and relationship difficulties. Because of numerous studies that link child abuse and neglect to juvenile crime there is a strong connection between abuse and delinquency. There is no strong evidence that abuse and/or neglect are the cause of juvenile delinquency because of many different factors. Due to certain common factors, most people tend to think there is a linkage between abuse and delinquency. These include (1) poverty, (2) domestic violence, (3) poor mental health, (4) parental absence, (5) inconsistent discipline and supervision, (6) separation from the family, and (7) broken homes. When a child is abused or neglected, he or she will form mistrust with others and close his or herself off from the world. “When this occurs there is a tendency he or she will perceive hostility in others in situations where the intentions of others are ambiguous and can generate antagonistic solutions into...
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