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Theories of Juvenile Delinquency

  • Tom D. Kennedy
  • David Detullio
  • Danielle H. Millen
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Abstract

Multiple theories exist that help our understanding of the emergence, development and trajectories of juvenile crime. This chapter examines the creation and refinement of some of the most influential theories of delinquency. Crime and delinquency are presented from historical and contemporary perspectives. Macro-level (e.g., Strain) and individual-level (e.g., Moffitt’s dual taxonomy) theories of delinquency provide a framework to better understand current trends, risk factors and treatment and prevention efforts. The progression towards a more comprehensive theoretical framework is delineated.

Keywords

Juvenile crime Delinquency Theory 

Notes

Acknowledgment

We would like to acknowledge the contribution of Michelle H. Nagle to the section on female delinquency.

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  1. 1.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

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