ERIC Number: ED022806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Deviancy and the Disadvantaged.
Wattenberg, William W.
This conference paper points out that there are different patterns of social deviancy among the various socioeconomic classes, and remedial treatment must take this class differential into account. For example, practitioners should be aware that there is a greater incidence of brain damage among children from impoverished families, and that lower-class deviancy is more aggressive and blatant than middle-class deviancy. Much of the hostility of disadvantaged youth stems from their subordinate, marginal role in society. Since these youths tend to function best in groups, therapy or counseling might be most effective in a group situation. Moreover, in the remediation process a preconceived notion of how children "should" act serves a self-fulfilling prophecy and hinders successful treatment. Educators and social practitioners should have a specific understanding of the disadvantaged child and actively realize that poverty contributes heavily to the deviancy which exists among members of the lower class. Reactions to this conference paper are included. (DK)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Patterns, Counseling, Delinquency, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Environment, Group Behavior, Group Counseling, Hostility, Lower Class, Middle Class Standards, Neurological Impairments, Poverty, Rehabilitation, Social Attitudes, Social Differences, Teacher Attitudes
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Note: Paper presented at Conf. on the Disadvantaged (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, June 8-9, 1967)