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Responding to Troubled Youth : Preventing Hatred and Violence in Child and Adolescent Development - Cheryl L. Maxson

Responding to Troubled Youth

Preventing Hatred and Violence in Child and Adolescent Development

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1997
ISBN: 9780195098532
Number Of Pages: 218

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This book provides an overview of the dominant philosophical approaches and practices in handling status offenders--those children who habitually resist the control of their parents and schools, who run away from home, who drink and stay out after curfew. The three basic and competing social philosophies in responding to these troubled and troublesome youths--discussed at length in this book--are known as the treatment, deterrence, and normalization rationales. In examining these philosophies, the authors consider the quality and quantity of response to and for status offenders at local community service outlets in seven different cities. In this way, Maxson and Klein are able to determine whether such response practices conform with the ideological thrusts embedded in state legislation.
The results will surprise many legislative and youth service policy professionals. Agency characteristics, service-delivery patterns, and youth clients do indeed reflect the treatment, deterrence, and normalization rationales, but in ways that have little bearing on the dominant philosophies embodied by state legislation.
Special chapters are devoted to those minors most likely to slip through the safety-net of youth service --chronic runaways and street kids. The authors discuss the implications of their findings for lawmakers and policy developers.

"Maxson and Klein have done a remarkable job in pinpointing some of the ongoing problems that communities face in dealing with the juvenile status offender."--Choice "Maxson and Klein have done a remarkable job in pinpointing some of the ongoing problems that communities face in dealing with the juvenile status offender."--Choice

Research Contextp. 3
Background Literature and Conceptual Approachp. 25
Three Philosophies That Can Make a Differencep. 42
Legislative Analysisp. 59
Youth Service Delivery in Seven Citiesp. 69
State Mandates and Agency Service Delivery to Status Offendersp. 101
Status Offenders in Three Contrasting Settingsp. 140
The Unserved Runaways in Three Citiesp. 152
Runaway Servicesp. 179
Epiloguep. 189
Score Sheet for State Profilep. 191
Youth Services Surveyp. 194
Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780195098532
ISBN-10: 0195098536
Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5