Lorelei Hernani
December 2, 2002
Soc. 242.03
Introduction to Social Research
Roland Werner Ph.D.



Juvenile Delinquency

Lorelei Hernani
San Diego State University



Keywords: juvenile delinquency, youths and crime, minors, delinquency, juvenile delinquents, maltreatment, juvenile delinquency rates, child abuse

Abstract: The purpose of the Juvenile Delinquency Model is to find out the social processes that cause a juvenile to become delinquent. Self report studies have found that juvenile delinquency is a widespread phenomenon taking the form of status offending, property offending, and violent offending. The causes of juvenile delinquency are often misunderstood by the public. This paper will explore five distinct underlying causes that have been found through secondary research but have a common theme; the juvenile is often the victim before he becomes the offender. The model will demonstrate in particular that the processes of family conflict, family structure changes, strain, abuse/maltreatment, and police bias impact juveniles causing them to cope using delinquency.

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