Unfortunately, there are innumerable examples of family units that do not function effectively. Physical or emotional abuse, neglect and lack of interest by the parents in the children's lives all contribute to a lack of proper formation for a child. This brings a child closer to exhibiting delinquent behavior. Research continues to demonstrate that by making support services available to families, children will have an enhanced chance for having a more stable home environment. These resources assist in creating a foundation that provides a child a better stepping off point from which he or she can interact in a positive and appropriate manner in the community at large.
The vast majority of juvenile offenders are determined to be involved in drug use or sales. Yet another course of action that is used to combat juvenile delinquency is drug education and prevention. Drug education and prevention is recommended to begin in the earliest grades of primary school.
The ultimate effect of all the measures is a reduction of young people who end up in trouble, including drugs and the judicial system. Rather than try to repair damage after a juvenile starts to exhibit delinquent behavior by assuming that all children potentially are at risk, by providing them with access to appropriate services, many potentially troubled youngsters never cross over into delinquent behavior or illegal conduct.