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ERIC Number: ED001539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Mar
Pages: 4
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TOWARD A WORKING TYPOLOGY OF DELINQUENT CHILDREN.
KELLY, FRANCIS J.
THE LACK OF CONSENSUS AMONG MEDICAL-LEGAL AUTHORITIES AS TO THE MEANING OF DELINQUENCY AND THE MANAGEMENT OF DELINQUENT CHILDREN IS DESCRIBED. THIS CONFLICT IS GENERAL IN THAT THE LEGAL DEFINITION EMPHASIZES BEHAVIOR AND ACTION WHILE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL DEFINITION EMPHASIZES THE ENDOPSYCHIC CONFLICT AND NEED MOTIVATING THE BEHAVIOR. EMPHASIS IS PLACED UPON THE PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPES WHO MAY COMMIT DELINQUENT ACTS. DIFFERENT WRITERS DESCRIBE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DELINQUENTS. TOO OFTEN THESE WRITERS GENERALIZE TO ALL DELINQUENTS THE CONCLUSIONS DERIVED FROM WORK WITH A BIASED SAMPLE. IF WE GROUP TOGETHER ALL THE TYPES DESCRIBED IN THE LITERATURE, BOTH PAST AND PRESENT, WE ARRIVE AT A PRELIMINARY FIVE-PART TAXONOMY OF DELINQUENT CHILDREN. A REVIEW OF 10,000 CASE HISTORIES LENDS SUPPORT TO THIS FIVE-PART TAXONOMY WHICH SUGGESTS THAT PSYCHOTIC, NEUROTIC, ORGANICALLY DEFICIENT, CHARACTER DISORDERED AND NORMAL CHILDREN MAY COME IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW. THIS CONCLUSION LENDS SUPPORT TO THE NEED FOR EFFECTIVE DIAGNOSIS AND VARIED TREATMENT APPROACHES TO DELINQUENCY. ANY GROUP OF DELINQUENT CHILDREN IS HETEROGENEOUS.
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Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. Law-Medicine Research Inst.
Identifiers: Massachusetts (Boston)