Ch 1: Defining Juvenile Delinquency

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This chapter helps you define basic juvenile delinquency terms and concepts. Access this chapter at any time to improve your juvenile delinquency knowledge for upcoming exams, homework assignments, class projects and more.

Defining Juvenile Delinquency - Chapter Summary

Work through this chapter at your own pace to examine a variety of juvenile delinquency terms, theories, laws and trends. These simple and engaging lessons break down juvenile crime and at-risk youth statistics, as well as methods for measuring juvenile delinquency. If you have any questions about the material, you can reach out to our expert instructors at any time. The online format of the chapter allows you to study these juvenile delinquency concepts at any time that fits your schedule. Reviewing this chapter can help you:

  • Interpret statistics pertaining to juvenile crime and at-risk youth
  • Summarize history of adolescence in law
  • Explain various juvenile delinquency theories
  • Discuss status offense laws
  • Evaluate correlations and patterns in juvenile delinquency
  • Assess juvenile delinquency measurement trends

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Defining Juvenile Delinquency
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Juvenile: Definition, Law & Crime Statistics

1. Juvenile: Definition, Law & Crime Statistics

This lesson will describe who is considered a juvenile, the history of juvenile court, landmark cases that have shaped the juvenile justice system, and the changing trends in juvenile law over the past thirty years.

What Is At-Risk Youth? - Definition & Statistics

2. What Is At-Risk Youth? - Definition & Statistics

This lesson discusses how a child is classified as an at-risk youth, as well as the factors that affect the ability of those youth to become successful members of society.

Adolescence in Law: Definition & History

3. Adolescence in Law: Definition & History

This lesson explores the concept of adolescence in the law, providing a definition and detailing its history. The lesson concludes with a summary and questions to test your understanding.

What Is Juvenile Delinquency? - Definition, Theories & Facts

4. What Is Juvenile Delinquency? - Definition, Theories & Facts

In this lesson, we will define juvenile delinquency. Along with the definition, three major theories about juvenile delinquency as well as important facts are also discussed.

Status Offense: Definition & Law

5. Status Offense: Definition & Law

Juvenile courts have been developed in every state in order to address the needs of youth. Juvenile offenders are charged with a law offense or status offense. This lesson defines status offenses and discusses the law governing these uniquely juvenile offenses.

Juvenile Delinquency: Correlates & Patterns

6. Juvenile Delinquency: Correlates & Patterns

Who are juvenile delinquents? What are their common characteristics or surrounding environments? What are the most common characteristics of juvenile victimization? This lesson covers the correlating factors and patterns of all these questions.

Measuring Juvenile Delinquency: Methods & Trends

7. Measuring Juvenile Delinquency: Methods & Trends

Methods of measuring juvenile delinquency can be categorized into three main categories: law enforcement arrest data, victimization surveys, and self-report delinquency surveys. These help produce the most accurate juvenile offending and victimization patterns.

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