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Infuences and Effective Treatment for Juvenile Offenders

TASK:
Joey is a 15-year-old boy who has been caught stealing a car. Joey lives with his mother in an impoverished urban area. Joey is rarely at home or at school?he spends most of his time with his friends.

1. Discuss the influence that the peer group, family, academic performance, and poverty have on juvenile offending. Provide information on which of these factors may influence juvenile offending, and how, if at all, the juvenile justice system addresses these factors.

OBJECTIVE:
Describe the agencies that relate functionally to the juvenile systems, including treatment options.

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1. Discuss the influence that the peer group, family, academic performance, and poverty have on juvenile offending. Provide information on which of these factors may influence juvenile offending, and how, if at all, the juvenile justice system addresses these factors.

Peer groups, family, academic performance and poverty are linked to delinquency and juvenile offending. For example, Towberman (1994) found that family functioning, defined as the degree of affectionate bonding between youth and parents, contributes significantly to all dimensions of chronic delinquency. Other factors related to chronic delinquency include number of out-of-home placements in institutions and foster homes, abuse in foster home and institutional placements, commission of delinquent acts with peers and siblings, drug use during offense commission, poor school attendance, and early age at first adjudication (http://www.haworthpress.com/store/ArticleAbstract.asp?sid=8VNJCMTA6MEM9JTFQLM9N2S0V7HU5P9A&ID=25068).

Doing poorly in school is highly related to delinquency and juvenile offending. Young people who have offended often have sever educational handicaps, are years behind their expected grade level, low basic academic skills, and, in particular, low verbal skills. Young people who have low expectations of school are more likely to show deviant behavior. ...

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This solution discusses the influence that the peer group, family, academic performance, and poverty have on juvenile offending, and how, if at all, the juvenile justice system addresses these factors. It also describes the agencies that relate functionally to the juvenile systems, including treatment options. Supplemented with a resource on effective interventions for Juvenile Offenders.

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