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ERIC Number: ED285059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 13
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The Adolescent Victim of Crime and Delinquency.
Flowers, R. Barri
Child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency have both been widely studied. While statistics on the number of cases of abuse or delinquency are quite high, they are considered conservative, and estimates of actual as opposed to reported cases are much higher. There are striking parallels between adolescent victimization and adolescent antisocial behavior and many researchers have associated one with the other. Although the victimization of adolescents has not been proven to cause antisocial behavior, the association between the two is both real and significant and cannot be dismissed in the study or prevention efforts of either. In order to better address adolescent victimization and delinquency, it is necessary to direct greater emphasis toward empirical research on delinquency and its relationship to adolescent maltreatment. Juvenile authorities need to be prepared to deal with both maltreatment and delinquency issues. The school needs to play a greater role in the identification and prevention of maltreatment and delinquency. Rather than being treated as criminals, delinquents should be recognized as victims of inadequate societal and family systems. Better counseling and follow-up of maltreated youth are needed to lower their risk of delinquency. Parents need to understand their role in maltreatment and in delinquency. While prevention is a major goal, more funding is needed for both research and program design. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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