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The Social Disorganization Theory

There are several theories that explain why juveniles become delinquent. Some of the sociological theories include anomie, social disorganization, drift theory, and differential association theory. Locate a sociological theory (it does not have to be one of the theories listed previously), and explain that theory with its relation to juvenile delinquency.

You are a sociologist, and you are noticing that the juveniles in your area are starting to cause legal problems and are beginning to overload the juvenile court system.

Using the social disorganization, describe how it relates to juveniles by explaining what the theory believes causes the juvenile problems.

Explain what you could do in your position to aid in alleviating these problems.

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The social disorganization theory relates to juveniles, due to the fact that this theory supports the belief that one of the primary causes of juvenile problems is the disorganization of the social structure. This means that the social conditions that these juveniles find themselves in have a tremendous bearing on the probability of these individuals engaging in illegal behavior. In addition, it appears that the more deplorable and impoverished the conditions within the communities in which juveniles reside in, the greater the probability that these particular juveniles will engage in delinquent activity. Therefore, this seems to be a correlation between an increased level of poverty, unemployment, lack of social programs, high crime rates, and low high school completion rates, and ...

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This solution describes important components of the social disorganization theory.