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This book provides a practical, solutions-focused approach to controlling and preventing juvenile delinquency and a systematic analysis of the juvenile delinquency problem in the United States. The case material furthers the students' understanding of delinquency problems through the author's analysis and the voices of youths who have found themselves adjudicated as delinquents. Also revealed is how the juvenile justice system has changed significantly over the past one hundred years, beginning with the modification of treating juveniles separately and differently from adult criminals at the beginning of the twentieth century. This book not only deals with the overall traditional juvenile justice court system and treatment approaches, but also presents stimulating data on the psychology of juvenile delinquency based on the author's direct work with delinquents incarcerated in mental hospitals.
PART ONE. CHARACTERISTICS OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY. 1. The Nature and Extent of Delinquency. 2. The Juvenile Court. 3. Delinquent Personality Types. 4. Social Class and Delinquency. PART TWO. THE JUVENILE IN A VIOLENT SOCIETY. 5. Violence Against Children and Its Impact on Their Delinquent Behavior. 6. Patterns of Delinquent Violence. PART THREE. THE GANG PROBLEM. 7. The Contemporary Gang Problem. 8. Theoretical Viewpoints on Gangs. PART FOUR. SUBSTANCE ABUSE. 9. Growing Up in a Substance-Abusing Society. 10. Drugs Used, Their Impact, and Treatment Issues. PART FIVE. THE CAUSES OF CRIME AND DELINQUENCY. 11. The Family and the Socialization Process. 12. Early Theories of Crime and Delinquency Causation and Their Contemporary Development. 13. Sociological Causation Theories. PART SIX. THE PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND CONTROL OF DELINQUENCY. 14. Community Treatment Programs for Delinquents. 15. Custodial Institutions for Delinquents. 16. Treatment Methods and Strategies Utilized in Community Prevention Projects and Custodial Institutions. PART SEVEN. THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITIES: AN INNOVATIVE METHOD FOR THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY. 17. The History, Methodology, and Development of Therapeutic Community Approach. 18. The Therapeutic Community, the Experience Therapist, and Social Systems for Treating the Delinquency Problem. APPENDIX: Juvenile Delinquency Arrest Statistics, 1997. REFERENCES. SUBJECT INDEX.