Youth Crime in America

Youth Crime in America : A Modern Synthesis

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For use as a core text for undergraduate Juvenile Delinquency courses in departments of Criminology and Sociology.

This new text introduces students to the latest developments in delinquency theory and research by providing a clear, jargon-free, in-depth treatment of the most recent and significant writings in the field. It provides wide coverage of youth crime, delinquency, and the justice system without overwhelming students with dual and often confusing statements.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.1 x 15.2mm | 385.56g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 013026184X
  • 9780130261847

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Youth Crime in America: A Modern Synthesis introduces students to the latest developments in delinquency, theory, and research. This book provides the student with a clear, jargon-free, in-depth understanding of the most recent and most significant writings in the field. The focus is on the newer theories and prevention methods rather than the dated ones. New ideas, be they absorbing or disturbing, fascinate readers-they help to keep the mind alive.

Distinguishing Features Include: Chapter One closely examines how youth crime has been dealt in mass communication and how this treatment has affected public opinion and political rhetoric on youth crime. Chapter Three is devoted to the general topic of American adolescence today, including the significance of pubertal timing, parental reactions, and the adolescent subculture. Chapter Twelve discusses in detail eleven treatment programs that work, such as nurse home visitations; the incredible years, and functional family therapy This introduces students to the best programs. This text provides wide coverage of youth crime, delinquency, and the justice system without overwhelming the student.
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Table of contents

1. Making Youth Crime Into a Social Issue.

2. Official Data, Self Reports, and Victim Surveys.

3. American Adolescence Today.

4. Individualistic Theories of Youth Crime.

5. Chicago School and Strain/Anomie Theories.

6. Social Control, Routine Activities, and Sensation Seeking.

7. The Family and Youth Crime.

8. Schools and Youth Crime.

9. Peers and Youth Crime.

10. The Police and Youth Crime.

11. Youth and the Juvenile Court.

12. Corrections and Prevention.
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