Factors Leading to Juvenile Delinquency: Things You Should Make Sure Your Child do not Fall into

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 | 1 comment

More than 70 million children and teenagers (below 18 years old) presently populate the US, comprising nearly one fourth of the nation’s total population. The website of Alexander & Associates says that like any ordinary adult, sometimes young people act recklessly, engaging in different risky activities that may warrant either counseling or disciplinary actions. As recorded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), these activities include drinking and getting drunk, driving while intoxicated, carrying a weapon, attempting suicide, and engaging in sexual intercourse.

Though OJJDP research shows a downward trend in the number of juvenile crime in the US since the early 90s, the number is still more than a million. In fact, about 1.5 million juveniles get arrested annually for criminal activities that include shoplifting, vandalism and damage to property, murder and many others.

Reasons as to why these young people choose to engage in criminal activities, include:

  • Some want to test the limits of parents and / or society
  • Lack or leniency of rules and not enough supervision
  • Substance abuse
  • The kind of environment where the child has been and is exposed to
  • The poverty level of the family
  • Relationships (which can lead to gangs) developed inside or outside the school
  • Peer pressure

Gangs are definitely major factors to juvenile crimes and, with at least 700,000 youths belonging to street gangs, there can be many who are being pressured and driven to commit offenses. Besides identifying the reasons behind the crimes, the OJJDP also gives the following information:

  • Boys, more than girls, are prone to becoming juvenile delinquents. This can be due to the “male phenomenon,” which states that boys commit more crimes compared to girls since they are supposed to be more aggressive and as proof of their masculinity.
  • Juvenile crimes are committed during and after school hours, specifically between 3 and 7 p.m. (surprisingly, crimes committed by adults usually peak between 8 p.m. and 12 midnight.

Crimes, whether committed by youth or adults, are a serious matter that require full attention. Oftentimes adolescents act irresponsibly without fully understanding the consequences of their actions. If any youth in your family or circle of friends has been charged with a crime, that person will definitely need legal assistance that may keep him or her from suffering harsh punishments which may only worsen his or her outlook in life.

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  1. http://crowemulvey.subscience.org/ says:

    Great read

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