Juvenile Delinquency and Family Unit Structure

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Juvenile Delinquency and Family Unit StructureNameClassDateProfessorJuvenile Delinquency and Family Unit Structure The family plays an essential role in the type of behavior that will be displayed by the juvenile. While there are other factors that can directly impact a juveniles behavior, such as peers, the family is pivotal in shaping the attitudes and personality of the juvenile. As the structure of the family unit has changed over time so has the number of juveniles engaging in delinquent behavior. Prior to the 1960's and civil unrest the majority of families consisted of two parent households and children born out of wedlock were frowned upon. In current society it is far more common for families to consist of the single parent household or alternative family lifestyles that did not exist prior to the 1960's. Family Structure and Relationship to Rise in Juvenile Delinquency Juvenile delinquency refers to the bad behavior of a juvenile that can result in criminal charges. When a juvenile commits a crime they will be subject to the authority of the juvenile justice system. The goal of the juvenile justice system is to assist the juvenile in changing their behavior and becoming more positive members of society. Instead of punishing juvenile offenders like adult offenders, when they commit a criminal act, the goal is instead to provide service and programs that will assist the juvenile in becoming rehabilitated. While juvenile delinquents

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