Child Delinquents: Development, Intervention, and Service Needs

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SAGE, 2001 - Psychology - 495 pages
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Between 1980 and 1996 the number of arrests has increased considerably for offenders ages 12 and under. This increase is a cost to society in two ways: the cost of the crime and the cost of multiple agencies involved with these children. Several questions have developed due to this increase: How does the juvenile justice system deal with child delinquents? Is child delinquency a predictor of serious, violent, and chronic offending? How early can we predict delinquency, and what are early warning signs?

Presenting empirically derived insights, Child Delinquents, is the definitive statement to date on the working knowledge with preteen offenders. This book is an excellent source for a broad audience of researchers, scholars, psychiatry, and practitioners at the administrative level.

 

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Contents

The Significance of Child Delinquency
1
PARTI
23
Epidemiology of SelfReported Delinquency
47
Later Delinquency Careers
67
5 Epidemiology of Problem Behavior Up to Age 12 Years
95
Uncovering Preschool Precursors to Problem Behavior
117
PART II
135
Family Risk Factors and Interventions
165
Juvenile Justice Programs and Strategies
305
Legal Issues
323
15 Economic Costs and Benefits of Early Developmental Prevention
339
Summary of Key Conclusions
359
Key Research and Policy Issues
385
A RiskNeeds Assessment and Screening Devices
395
Leading Longitudinal Studies on Delinquency Substance Use
415
References
425

Peer Factors and Interventions
191
School and Community Risk Factors and Interventions
211
Ethnicity and Gender Issues
247
PART III
271
Index
473
About the Editors
485
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Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine (Secondary appointment in Dept. of Psychology) PhD, Queens University Clinical Program, Clinical/Developmental Program Research Interests: Juvenile antisocial behavior and delinquency, substance use, mental health problems

David P. Farrington is emeritus professor of psychological criminology and Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. His major research interest is in the longitudinal study of delinquency and crime.

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