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Juvenile Delinquency and its Origins : An integrated theoretical approach - Richard E. Johnson

Juvenile Delinquency and its Origins

An integrated theoretical approach

Paperback Published: 24th September 1979
ISBN: 9780521295161
Number Of Pages: 196

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First published in 1979, this book examines past thought and research about the social and psychological causes of juvenile delinquency in Western society. The first few chapters summarise major delinquency theories and survey an extensive list of studies that demonstrate those theories. The author then develops a single model of individual causation from the divergent theoretical traditions. The model includes such variables as social class, parent-child relations, school experiences, strain, peer relations, personal values and the perceived risk of being caught in lawbreaking. Testing the model with information from 734 large-city adolescents results in several innovations in the measurement and conceptualisation of key variables in delinquency research. In his search for a better understanding of delinquency, the author shows the usefulness of examining the impact of all the variables at once and finds that the major theories of delinquency complement rather than contradict one another.

List of figures
List of tables
Major theoretical perspectives on juvenile delinquency
What others have found: a review of the data
Tying the pieces together: a causal model
Methods and measures
Analysing the results
Findings across subsamples
Origins of juvenile delinquency: a final statement
Appendix: The measuring devices
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521295161
ISBN-10: 0521295165
Series: American Sociological Association Rose Monographs
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 24th September 1979
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.3