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Theories of Juvenile
Delinquency
Strayer University
Professor – Lori Baggot
Assignment #3
CRJ 180
Online Summer 2012
Felicia McCaw

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ABSTRACT

Youth and Juvenile Delinquency is one of the problems of today’s society. Combating delinquency is the goal of all and utilizing theories for addressing the disturbing behavioral patterns of violence exhibited by these youth requires patience, kindness and enduring consistent help. Theories utilized are Choice, Routine Activities Theory, Lombroso’s Atavism Theory, Sheldon’s Somatotype Theory, Psychoanalytic Approach, Learning Theory – Classical Conditioning and Modeling, Operant Conditioning Theory, Social Learning Theory, Strain Theory, Labeling Theory, Social Control Theory aka Social Bond Theory and Merton’s Strain Theory.

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One of the problems of youth is the issue of Juvenile Delinquency. Rising steadily are acts of violence, rebellion, motor vehicle theft, kidnapping, forcible sex, aggravated assault, simple assault, non-forcible sex, robbery, larceny and vandalism. As the years past, the inability to control or stop juvenile delinquency is ever the concern of parents of youth, police, teachers, counselors and friends to try to alter behavioral patterns that continue to erode into acts of deviance. Before attempting to determine the cause of behavior consideration has to be given to the background, area of location, familial pattern and home life. The levels of variables that affect a youth growing up is important as well as the ability to interact without violence and amiability. Therefore comes the exploration of theories of juvenile delinquency which are studies of youth to try to explain delinquency, alterations of behavioral patterns from normal to abnormal and a possible way to address and halt these detrimental negative behaviors. Choice Theory is one of the...