According to Juvenile Delinquency: the Core, juvenile delinquency is defined as, "the participation in illegal behavior by a minor who falls under a statutory age limit" (416). Dictionary.com defines juvenile delinquency as, "behavior of a child or youth that is so marked by violation of law, persistent mischievousness, antisocial behavior, disobedience, or intractability as to thwart correction by parents and to constitute a matter for action by the juvenile courts." There is always a struggle with juveniles, especially with delinquent juveniles. All youth act as if they are invincible and they think that nothing can hurt them. Delinquent juveniles perceive themselves as almighty and think that they are the biggest and most bad persons on the earth. They feel that they can do what they want, when they want and how they want. The worst part of it all is that society is letting it happen.
Society has changed in such a way that parents have become more lenient with control of their children's behavior. Ever since 1946, when Dr. Benjamin Spock introduced his book, Baby and Child Care, parents have spared the rod and spoiled the child. In the 1940s it was unheard of for a child to speak out if turn or to talk back to their parents. In today's time, it is unheard of for a child to speak only if spoken to, or to do as they are told, when they are told. Society has allowed the youth to be disrespectful and now looks at it as a normal thing of today. According to Stein, "There is a 300 percent... [continues]
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