Families, Delinquency and Crime: Comparing Theory and Reality


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Families, Delinquency and Crime: Comparing Theory and Reality
This analysis will compare theory with reality by compiling and providing
a profile of an adolescent who has exhibited antisocial and delinquent behavior, which will enable us to compare his motivations, environment, and behavior with motivational, environmental, and behavioral factors identified by theorists as contributing causes of antisocial behavior and delinquency. Conducting this comparison will help determine the validity and accuracy of particular sociological theories, particularly in terms of their usefulness in analyzing and understanding why some adolescents engage in antisocial and delinquent behavior.
Profile of Jesse
Jesse is a 17-year-old Hispanic...
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..... him and his mother. These factors, combined with the impact of reciprocal determinism, resulted in a downward path characterized by dropping out of school, gang membership, the use of alcohol and drugs, and subsequent arrests by the police for gang activities and alcohol and drug offenses.
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Simons, Ronald L., Simons, Leslie Gordon, & Wallace, Lora Ebert. (2004). Families, Delinquency, and Crime: Linking Society’s Most Basic Institution To Antisocial Behavior. Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company.