Kids Who Commit Adult Crimes: Serious Criminality by Juvenile Offenders / Edition 1

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Examine the factors that contribute to increasingly violent youth crimes in the United States!

Kids Who Commit Adult Crimes: Serious Criminality by Juvenile Offenders is an examination of today’s serious, chronic, and violent youthful offender. This vital book explores the relationship between youth and serious, violent antisocial behavior in America, examining its antecedents, its onset, and its situational and motivating factors.

From the Editor’s introduction: “The increasingly serious nature of juvenile criminal behavior has been felt across the country as youth violence, violent youth gangs, drug-related offenses, and other delinquent and criminal conduct has changed the way we regard minors and delinquent behavior. Recent times have seen an explosion in school tragedies, juvenile homicides, teen battering, date rape, youth family violence, teenage alcohol and drug abuse, and related youthful offenses.”

Kids Who Commit Adult Crimes, divided into four parts, takes an incisive look at these issues and more:

  • Part I explores serious juvenile crime, including its magnitude; youth violence; kids, drugs, and crime; school crime and violence; youth gangs and criminality; dating violence; and family violence.
  • Part II examines explanations of juvenile delinquency and criminal behavior from biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives.
  • Part III addresses juvenile crime and the justice system, including the police and juvenile offenders, youths and the juvenile and adult courts, and juvenile offenders in custody and confinement.
  • Part IV examines responses to the problem of serious and violent juvenile offending and its precursors, including federal laws and prevention, intervention, and control strategies.

    Kids Who Commit Adult Crimes goes farther in its examination of youth who commit adult-like violence than other books in the field, with chapters on dating violence and family violence, in addition to school and gang violence, substance abuse issues, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789011305
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Exploring Juvenile Crime
  • Chapter 1. The Magnitude of Juvenile Crime
  • Defining Juvenile Crime and Delinquency
  • The Nature of Juvenile Offenses
  • Measuring the Extent of Juvenile Crime
  • Official Arrest Statistics
  • Victimization Surveys
  • Self-Report Surveys
  • Chapter 2. Youth and Violence
  • Trends in Juvenile Arrests for Crimes of Violence
  • Firearms and Youth Violence
  • The Dynamics of Violent Juvenile Offending
  • Characteristics of Violent Juveniles
  • Victims of Juvenile Violence
  • Theories on Violent Juvenile Offending
  • Chapter 3. Kids, Drugs, and Crime
  • Juveniles and Drug Use
  • Juveniles and Alcohol Use
  • Juvenile Substance Abuse and Other Delinquent Behavior
  • Chapter 4. School Crime and Violence
  • Shootings and Fatalities at Schools
  • The Extent of School Crime
  • Dynamics of School Crime
  • Chapter 5. Youth Gangs,Criminality, and Violence
  • What Is a Youth Gang?
  • The Extent of Youth Gangs and Their Membership
  • Characteristics of Youth Gang Members
  • Youth Gangs, Crime, and Violence
  • Youth Gang Theories
  • Chapter 6. Dating Violence
  • The Dynamics of Dating Violence
  • The Characteristics of Teen Dating Violence
  • Teen Date Rape
  • What Causes Dating Violence?
  • Chapter 7. Family Violence
  • Dynamics of Family Violence
  • Kids and Domestic Homicides
  • Sibling Violence
  • Parent Battering
  • Grandparent Battering
  • Causes of Family Violence
  • Part II: Explaining Juvenile Crime
  • Chapter 8. Biological Perspectives on Delinquent Behavior
  • Early Biological Theories on Delinquency
  • Contemporary Biological Research on Delinquency
  • Chapter 9. Psychological Perspectives on Delinquency
  • Psychoanalytic Theories and Delinquency
  • Personality Disorder Theories and Delinquency
  • Psychiatric Theories and Concepts of Delinquency
  • Chapter 10. Sociological Perspectives on Delinquent Behavior
  • Social Control Theories and Delinquency
  • Strain Theories and Delinquency
  • Cultural Transmission Theories and Delinquency
  • Radical Criminological Theories and Delinquency
  • Chapter 11. Intrafamilial Causes and Correlates of Juvenile Delinquency
  • Child Maltreatment and Delinquency
  • Intergenerational Violence, Child Abuse, and Delinquency
  • Broken Homes and Delinquent Behavior
  • Familial Factors and Delinquency
  • Part III: Juvenile Crime and the Justice System
  • Chapter 12. The Police and Juvenile Criminals
  • Police and Juvenile Arrests
  • Police Contact with the Juvenile Offender
  • Police Discretion and the Juvenile Offender
  • Youth Attitudes Toward Police
  • Chapter 13. Juvenile Offenders and the Juvenile and Adult Courts
  • The Origins of the Juvenile Justice System
  • U.S. Supreme Court Cases and Juvenile Justice
  • The Juvenile Court and Serious Juvenile Offenders
  • The Criminal Court and Serious Juvenile Offenders
  • Chapter 14. Juveniles in Custody and Confinement
  • Juvenile Offenders in Adult Correctional Facilities
  • Juvenile Offenders in Juvenile Custody Facilities
  • Minority Youths in Custody
  • Modes of Adaptation to the Institutional Setting for the Juvenile Offender
  • Youth Offending in Juvenile Correctional Institutions
  • Aftercare and the Serious Juvenile Offender
  • Part IV: Responding to Juvenile Delinquency and Criminality
  • Chapter 15. Prevention and Control of Juvenile Crime
  • Federal Responses to Juvenile Crime and Delinquency Prevention
  • Child Protective Services
  • Delinquency Prevention and Control Strategies
  • References
  • Index
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