Juvenile Delinquency and Child Development by Jack L. Terzenbach, M.S.W.

Juvenile Delinquency and Child Development: A Developmental Model proposes that the persistently law-violating behavior of many delinquent youth is an outgrowth of an early disruption of nurture that gives rise to distrust and an exaggerated need to feel secure. More fortunate youth learn to trust themselves and their caretakers, and they are open to nurture, learning to be self-reliant and responsible for their own management. They can afford to empathize with others and share power in relationships. The histories of repeat offenders, on the other hand, suggest they learned to feel secure through the use of coercion, manipulation, and force. They resisted nurture and practiced the assertive behaviors that were more natural when they were younger. No theory of delinquency can explain all cases, but the model presented in Juvenile Delinquency and Child Development: A Developmental Model suggests goals and measures that should improve our efforts to coach a large number of delinquent youth onward into non-offending adult lifestyles. (2003, paperback, 316 pages) Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days.