Psychological Theories of Delinquent Causation

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Psychological Theories of Delinquent Causation

Psychological Theories of Delinquent Causation
Juvenile Justice
Melissa Skinner
Carl Sandburg College
February 18, 2013
Psychological Theories of Delinquent Causation

In choosing theories of causation to get a better understanding of why delinquent behavior occurs, one should approach the psychological theories. Within the psychological theories, are two theories we will to further explore. The first is the psychoanalytic theory. The second is the personality theory. We will use these theories to help us look for causation in a juvenile delinquency criminal case that has recently been in the news. This juvenile is being charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. Let us begin by learning more about the juvenile and the psychological state at the time of the crimes in question. Using the facts of this case, can we implement these two theories into the reasons this juvenile did these horrible crimes? Cristian Fernandez, a 13-year-old Florida boy, killed his two--year-old half-brother and sexually assaulted his five-year-old half-brother. According to news articles, this boy has had a very difficult upbringing. His mother gave birth to him when she was only 12-years-old herself, becoming pregnant with him, after being a victim of sexual assault. The biological father was arrested and sentenced to prison for this crime. When Cristian was merely two-years-old, he, along with his 14-year-old mother, was shuffled between foster homes. Authorities placed them in homes after discovering the grandmother, whom they was living with, was addicted to drugs and incapable of taking care of them. Upon further investigations, it was discovered that he was sexually assaulted by one of his older cousins. Then a few years later, his step-father beat him so bad, he had to seek medical attention. During that time, his step-father committed suicide to avoid being prosecuted for his actions. ( With having...
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