Week 5 -- In class
Chapter 1 Question 6
Should juveniles who commit felonies such as rape or robbery be treated as adults?
I think that juveniles should be charged as adults if an adult crime is committed. In the constitution it states that it’s not appropriate for a child under 16 to receive capital punishment; which I agree with completely. I think that things that can be handled efficiently for that age group. Something realistic would be serving in a juvenile facility until turning 18 and then deciding what to do then. In some cases the charges are dropped and they are released from custody. If the child understands that what was done was wrong and can be held responsible, than they should be charged like an adult would.
Chapter 3 Question 2
How would you apply psychodynamic theory to delinquent acts such as shoplifting or breaking and entering a house?
According to the psychodynamic theory there are 3 major components; id, ego and superego. If one of the personality’s become dominant, (such as id) that can cause an unbalance in decision making. So if a juvenile is shoplifting or B&E, the pleasure seeking component (id) is dictating the needs and wants. When ego and superego do correspond with id the child’s life could potentially be morally balanced. Imbalanced components have been the results of childhood traumatic situations and can cause long term psychological difficulties. The superego is what directs the right and wrong morals that are taught by parents and interaction with other adults, so lack of connection and social interaction will lead to poor judgment skills. Later in life, aggression may be shown along with lack of emotion.
Chapter 4 Question 4
How does poverty cause delinquency?
People who live in poverty are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem, depression, and loneliness. It makes sense that people at the lowest point of the economic status will have the greatest motive to commit crimes. They are angry...
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