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Running head: INDIVIDUAL THEORIES 1 Individual Theories Jennifer Wilkins CJS 240 July 3, 2011 Tamekia Simmons
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INDIVIDUAL THEORIES 2 Individual Theories The behavior of juveniles is swayed by what happens in their surrounding environment. Each stage of development has transitions. Family and peers influence these times of transition for the juvenile. It is sometimes complemented by a longing for material things, peer pressure, wealth, and/or power. The stresses of wants and needs can be intensified by a society that is materialistic. Also, social changes can create anxiety and disillusionment for adolescents causing them to commit delinquent acts. Clearly, people have a tendency to mature in different stages until adulthood. When a juvenile does something wrong, they are then considered to be juvenile delinquent. All juvenile delinquent behaviors are influenced not only by the environment in which juveniles live, but also by what they observe in adults. Juvenile delinquency is not a characteristic or a trait, rather a learned behavior.
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