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Exploring Delinquency

Causes and Control

Edited by Dean G. Rojek and Gary F. Jensen

Publication Date - 01 January 1996

ISBN: 9780195329728

464 pages
6-7/8 x 9-3/16 inches

This anthology exposes students to the many dimensions of delinquency theory and research, including work by some of the foremost scholars in the field.


Exploring Delinquency: Causes and Control is the most comprehensive set of readings available in the study of juvenile delinquency. The articles are organized into discrete topics. A brief overview introduces each topic, including a synopsis of each reading.

This anthology exposes students to the many dimensions of delinquency theory and research, including work by some of the foremost scholars in the field. Coverage includes such controversial issues as criminalizing the juvenile court, due-process-of-law guarantees for juveniles, adolescent drug involvement, television violence, boot camps, and racial bias.

Table of Contents

    I. Delinquency And Juvenile Justice
    Chapter 1. What Stays the Same in History?
    Chapter 2.
    A. Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 1992
    B. How Juveniles Get to Criminal Court
    C. The Juvenile Court's Response to Violent Crime
    Chapter 3. Public Attitudes Toward Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice: Implications
    Schwartz, Guo, and Kerbs
    II. Legal Issues
    Chapter 4. In re Gault
    Chapter 5. New Jersey v. T.L.O.
    Chapter 6. Qutb et al. v. Strauss et al.
    Chapter 7. In re Gault Revisited: A Cross-State Comparison of the Right to Counsel in
    III. Measuring Delinquency
    Chapter 8. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: A Focus on Violence
    Snyder and Sickmund
    Chapter 9. National Survey Results on Drug Use
    Johnston, O'Malley, and Bachman
    Chapter 10. Culture, Gender, and Delinquency: A Study of Youths in the United States
    Hartjen and Kethineni
    Chapter 11. Serious Violent Offenders: Onset Development Course, and Termination
    Chapter 12. Minorities and the Juvenile Justice System: A Research Summary
    Pope and Feyerherm
    IV. Theories of Delinquency: Inherited Versus Learned Behavior
    Chapter 13. Biological Perspectives in Criminology
    Chapter 14. Biological Positivism
    Gottfredson and Hirschi
    Chapter 15. Social Learning and Deviant Behavior: A Specific Test of a General
    Akers, Krohn, Lanza-Kaduce, and Rasodevich
    Chapter 16. Age, Peers, and Delinquency
    V. Theories of Delinquency: Social and Cultural Causation
    Chapter 17. Poverty, Income Inequality, and Community Crime Rates
    Chapter 18. Foundation for a General Strain Theory of Crime and Delinquency
    Chapter 19. Parents and Drugs: Specifying the Consequences of Attachment
    Jensen and Brownfield
    Chapter 20. Structural Position and Violence: Developing a Cultural Explanation
    Luckenbill and Doyle
    VI. The Family, Schools, And Peer Groups
    Chapter 21. Family Life, Delinquency, and Crime: A Policymaker's Guide
    Wright and Wright
    Chapter 22. School Bonding, Race, and Delinquency
    Cernkovich and Giordano
    Chapter 23. The Influence of Delinquent Peers: What They Think or What They Do?
    Warr and Stafford
    Chapter 24. Gangs, Drugs, and Delinquency in a Survey of Urban Youth
    Esbensen and Huizinga
    VII. Media and Religion
    Chapter 25. Television and Aggression: Results of a Panel Study
    Milavsky, Kessler, Stipp, and Rubens
    Chapter 26. Movies and Juvenile Delinquency: An Overview
    Chapter 27. Religiosity and Delinquency
    Elifson, Petersen, and Hadaway
    Chapter 28. Crime and Delinquency in the Roaring Twenties
    Stark, Bainbridge, Crutchfield, Doyle, and Finke
    VIII. Deterrence and Labeling
    Chapter 29. Court Processing Versus Diversion of Status Offenders: A Test of
    Deterrence and Labeling Theories
    Chapter 30. The Preventive Effects of the Perceived Risk of Arrest: Testing an
    Expanded Conception of Deterrence
    Nagin and Paternoster
    Chapter 31. Felony Murder and Capital Punishment: An Examination of the Deterrence
    Peterson and Bailey
    IX. Imprisonment and Alternatives
    Chapter 32. Juveniles Taken into Custody: Fiscal Year 1991
    Krisberg and DeComo
    Chapter 33. Conditions of Confinement: Juvenile Detention and Corrections Facilities
    Parent et al.
    Chapter 34. Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile
    Wilson and Howell
    X. Diversion, Restitution, and Shock Treatment
    Chapter 35. Juvenile Diversion and the Potential of Inappropriate Treatment for
    Chapter 36. Restitution and Juvenile Recidivism
    Butts and Snyder
    Chapter 37. Restitution as a Sanction in Juvenile Court
    Chapter 38. Juvenile Intensive Supervision: The Impact on Felony Offenders Diverted
    Chapter 39. The Impact of Shock Incarceration Programs on Prison Crowding
    MacKenzie and Piquero
    Chapter 40. A Critical Look at the Idea of Boot Camp as a Correctional Reform
    Morash and Rucker
    XI. The Future of the Juvenile Justice System
    Chapter 41. History Overtakes the Juvenile Justice System
    Chapter 42. Juvenile (In)Justice and the Criminal Court Alternative
    The distinction between the juvenile and adult courts has become increasingly blurred,
    Chapter 43. Rethinking the Juvenile Justice System
    Hirschi and Gottfredson

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