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    Biological and  Psychological Theories of  Delinquency
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Types of Theories Biological (earliest theories; brain imaging) Psychological (govern treatment) Sociological (dominate academic discussions)
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Definitions of Delinquency 1 . Criminal law definitions Violations of criminal laws and statutes committed by juveniles (as defined by law; see pg. 6-7. NJ= <18; Q: can a 5 year old be a delinquent? ) . (Problem: Too narrow). 2. Status offense definitions Includes acts that are illegal only for children. Examples: Truancy, running away, curfew violations, disobeying parents, PINS, underage drinking, smoking. (Problem: Too broad). 3. Scientific (sociological/criminological) definitions View delinquency along continuums of seriousness and frequency.
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Delinquency Statistics  (see p. 10) 1.3% of juveniles arrested for a property crime in 2007 47% of juvenile arrests for violence and 66% for property crimes were white or Hisp; whites are 78% of juv. pop. 71% of arrests (83% of index viol. ) involved males.
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