ERIC Number: ED253997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-13
Reference Count: 0
Megatrends Relating to Adolescent Violence and Correctional Education.
Mesinger, John F.
Trends in delinquency are summarized and principles for treating violent adolescents are considered. Four major trends are identified: (1) an increase in violent crimes committed by juveniles, (2) a decrease in intact nuclear families of delinquents, (3) an increase in voluntary separation (divorce or abandonment rather than death) of parents, and (4) "discovery" of high incidence of abused handicapped youth in corrections programs. The paper cites the impact of increasing numbers of extremely violent adolescents who show no sense of guilt and no tolerance for interference. Typical characteristics of the population of violent youth who have experienced abuse and bad models at home are noted, including substance abuse, external locus of control, paranoia, and long-term deficits in hearing and attending. Guidelines are offered for understanding and dealing with the difficult behavior of troubled youths. Professionals are urged to be prepared and to understand the implications of research on a variety of topics, including the reinforcing effects of peer groups, impact of positive role models, rule making, and attention to social skills. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Adolescent Conference on Behavior Disorders (Pensacola, FL, October 13, 1984).