Child Neglect, Abuse and Juvenile Delinquency

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Child Neglect, Abuse and Juvenile Delinquency

Many would argue that child neglect will lead to juvenile delinquency in the future. There have been many studies that have attempted to prove that there is a strong connection with child abuse and or neglect with juvenile delinquency. However, there is no strong evidence to prove this to be true. Just because there are many common factors with all three, they tend to believe that they are all entwined one way or another. Some of these factors are poverty, violence in the home, poor mental health, single parent or not having both parents present in the household, one being the disciplinary and the other the weaker of the two therefore no consistency in discipline and supervision, lack of attention, distant from other family members and friends. These kids will build a wall and feel that no one can be trusted and cocoon themselves from society. This will lead to them becoming rebellious and become hostile around people, even when these people are trying to lend a helping hand.

In today’s world, people tend to categorize child neglect and abuse as being the same, but these are two separate types of abuse or crime. The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act also known as CAPTA, (42 U.S.C.A. §5106g), as amended by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum: Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm. Most Federal and State child protection laws primarily refer to cases of harm to a child caused by parents or other caregiver; they generally do not include harm caused by other people, such as acquaintances or strangers (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2008).

Neglect is results of abandonment of a child while under their parents care, for example not...
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