Juvenile Justice-Course Project-Final BWilliams

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The Effects of ADHD and Juvenile Crime: Why Do Some Juveniles Offend? Barbara Williams Juvenile Justice CRMJ315 Professor Brantley 12/4/2010
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The Effects of ADHD and Juvenile Crime: Why Do Some Juveniles Offend? Abstract: ADHD is classified as a mental disorder that typically begins in children school age and younger. Today we know more about ADHD and what behaviors stem from this disorder. It is believed to be one of the causes of juvenile delinquency in young adults. ADHD has been around for years however society has not recognized this disorder to be the foundation for mis-behavior in our society until a few years ago. Many view ADHD and its’ diagnosis as an excuse. Many are still uneducated and unaware of the troubles that can stem from this disorder. Having a teen with ADHD who is also a juvenile delinquent brought forth many challenges as a mother, and as a parent. I believe many juveniles go undiagnosed and their behaviors are chalked up to their being stubborn or defiant. How can we help these children and how do we determine if they truly do have this disorder? Let’s explore.
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If we knew the reasons that juveniles committed crime we would be in a greater position to help them. As adults we have to understand why a juvenile commits a crime in order to help them. The solution to any problem is to first determine the cause in order to alter it and change the effect. This is what we have to do to help our children. A child depends on us as adults to figure out why and to help them follow the better path in their lives. If we cannot determine why a child offends then we cannot help them stop. Many of us are unaware of ADHD and the fact that it is a disability that affects 8-10% of school aged children. Mainly found to be most common in boys. (Stern, 2001) According to Stern, ADHD is a major factor leading to behaviors such as truancy, failing school and dropping out. ADHD results in behaviors that are annoying to others. It can lead to social problems as well as family problems. The issue of ADHD is of great importance to us as a society. If we do not understand the concept of ADHD, what behaviors can result from this disorder and how to handle children with this disorder we may never be able to help those in need. Should we leave a child to figure things out on their own? How does he/she know that something isn’t right with them mentally if they cannot distinguish between normal and abnormal? Our children depend on us to know what their problems are, to fix them, to help them and to help them understand their issues. This is what we as adults, we as parents should do for our youth today.
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Have you ever asked yourself as a parent; where did I go wrong? What could I have done differently? If you have never had to ask yourself either of these questions, consider yourself fortunate. I, as a parent of 2 children, used to ask myself these questions all of the time. My son
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