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The Handbook of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

Marvin D. Krohn (Editor), Jodi Lane (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-51317-0
664 pages
June 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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This handbook is an up-to-date examination of advances in the fields of juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice that includes interdisciplinary perspectives from leading scholars and practitioners.

  • Examines advances in the fields of juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice with interdisciplinary perspectives from leading scholars and practitioners
  • Provides a current state of both fields, while also assessing where they have been and defining where they should go in years to come
  • Addresses developments in theory, research, and policy, as well as cultural changes and legal shifts
  • Contains summaries of juvenile justice trends from around the world, including the US, the Netherlands, Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa, and China
  • Covers central issues in the scholarly literature, such as social learning theories, opportunity theories, criminal processing, labeling and deterrence, gangs and crime, community-based sanctions and reentry, victimization, and fear of crime
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Introduction xvii
Marvin D. Krohn and Jodi Lane

Part I Trends in Juvenile Delinquency Around the World 1

1 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice Trends in the United States 3
Jodi Lane

2 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice Trends in Europe 15
Paul R. Smit and Catrien C.J.H. Bijleveld

3 Youth Violence in Brazil: Law, Prevalence, and Promising Initiatives 27
Paulo Ricardo Diniz Filho and Giza Lopes

4 Juvenile Justice in Russia 40
Elena Bystrova and Maria Tcherni

5 Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Delinquency in India 49
Suman Kakar

6 Juvenile Justice in South Africa 65
Adam Cooper

7 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice in China 76
Beidi Dong

8 Putting the Processing of Juvenile Offenders into Context 85
Kristin Gardner and Lonn Lanza ]Kaduce

Part II Correlates of Delinquent Behavior 101

9 Gender, Delinquency, and Youth Justice: Issues for a Global Century 103
Meda Chesney ]Lind and Nicholas Chagnon

10 Causes of African ]American Juvenile Delinquency 121
James D. Unnever

11 A Biosocial Perspective on Juvenile Delinquency 139
Chris L. Gibson and Andrea Davis

12 Parenting and Delinquency 161
John P. Hoffmann

13 School Effects on Delinquency and School ]Based Prevention 181
Wayne N. Welsh and Courtney Harding

14 Fleas and Feathers: The Role of Peers in the Study of Juvenile Delinquency 199
John M. Eassey and Molly Buchanan

15 Neighborhoods and Delinquent Behavior 217
Susan McNeeley and Pamela Wilcox

Part III Explaining Delinquency 237

16 General Strain Theory and Delinquency 239
Robert Agnew

17 Social Learning Theory and Delinquent Behavior: Past, Present, and Future Investigations 257
L. Thomas Winfree, Jr.

18 Social Control and Self ]Control 274
Erich Goode

19 Theoretical Perspectives on Delinquent Development: Propensity, Plasticity, and Range 291
Arjan A.J. Blokland

20 Labeling Theory 312
Marvin D. Krohn and Giza Lopes

21 Routine Activities and Opportunity Theory 331
Nick Tilley and Aiden Sidebottom

Part IV System Responses to Delinquency 349

22 Prenatal and Early Childhood Prevention of Antisocial Behavior 351
Lauretta M. Brennan and Daniel S. Shaw

23 School Prevention Programs 370
Steven P. Lab

24 Neighborhood ]based Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency 388
Abigail A. Fagan and Andrea Lindsey

25 Policing Juvenile Delinquency 405
Reveka V. Shteynberg and Allison D. Redlich

26 Juvenile Diversion 422
James V. Ray and Kristina Childs

27 Youth in the Juvenile Court and Adult Court 439
Michael J. Leiber and Jennifer H. Peck

28 Community ]Based Sanctions and Juveniles: What Works, What Does Not, and What Looks Promising 459
Crystal A. Garcia

29 Institutionalization and Treatment 495
Barry Glick

Part V Special Issues in Juvenile Delinquency 515

30 Gang Trends, Trajectories, and Solutions 517
James C. Howell

31 A Look at the Street Gang Violence Situation in Europe 536
Elmar G.M. Weitekamp

32 Weapon Carrying and Use Among Juveniles 544
Amanda D. Emmert and Alan J. Lizotte

33 Youth Drug Trends and Societal Reactions 562
John M. Stogner and Bryan Lee Miller

34 Maltreatment and Damaging Outcomes in Adolescence: Longitudinal Research and Policy 581
Timothy O. Ireland, Carolyn A. Smith, and Jamie E. Walter

35 Victimization and Fear of Crime Among Juveniles 601
David C. May

Index 621

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Author Information

Marvin D. Krohn is Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida. He has a long-standing interest in the etiology of delinquency and drug use, focusing primarily on social psychological and life course approaches. For the past 25 years, he has been Co-Principal Investigator on the Rochester Youth Development Study, a three-generational longitudinal panel study targeting those at high risk for serious crime and delinquency. He is co-author of Gangs and Delinquency in Developmental Perspective (2003), which was the American Society of Criminology’s recipient of the 2003 Michael J. Hindelang Award for Outstanding Scholarship. He is also co-author of Researching Theories of Crime and Delinquency (2008) and Delinquent Behavior (1986) and has co-edited four compendiums on crime and delinquency. He was recently named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Jodi Lane is Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida.  Her research focuses on the impact of the juvenile justice system on both clients and practitioners. She has conducted evaluations of innovative juvenile justice programs, including the South Oxnard Challenge Project in California and the Florida Faith and Community-Based Delinquency Treatment Initiative. She was recently named one of the most prolific lead and sole authors in elite criminology and criminal justice journals (Orrick and Weir, 2011). Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Criminal Justice and Behavior.

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