The Effects of Single Motherhood on Teenage Delinquency By Brandy Lopez Juvenile Justice Abstract This research paper will attempt to explain the effects of single motherhood on juvenile delinquency. The findings suggest that children raised by single parent rather than two parent households are at greater risk for delinquency. Children raised by single parent households face many disadvantages. Girls are at greater risk for having sex as young teens and more likely to have abortions and more children. Boys are at a greater risk for committing suicide and also for committing more crimes.
Kids Should Not Be Tried As Adults The Juvenile Court was created in the early twentieth century to handle juvenile offenders on the basis of their youth rather than their crimes. Over the past twenty years, the public’s belief on youth violence has contributed to widespread support across the country to abolish the juvenile court system for kids to be given tougher sentences. The purpose of juvenile court is treatment and guidance rather than punishment so it is the state’s responsibility to protect and rehabilitate young offenders. Since psychology showed a difference between children and adult prisons because they do not have the same rights as adults and are not fully developed either.
As mentioned in the findings, the range is from poverty, violence (including gun possession), bullying and harassment, teen pregnancy, sexual behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health issues. The “Mental Health Issues and Services” list several concise and well documented frightening facts about today’s youth. Even though alarmingly high, they reported that 12% of high school aged students’ complete suicide. Suicide rates are on the rise for persona aged 10-14 years. Limitations: There aren’t clear outlines to firm up the statistics.
Physical bullying declines with age and is the least common form (Olweus, 1993). In girls, covert bullying tends to increase in frequency in late primary school, whilst it increases in early secondary school amongst boys. It usually occurs within the same gender, that is 47% amongst boys and 48% amongst girls (Cross et al., 2009). However, 32% of boys and 28% of girls were bullied by both genders. Covert bullying was slightly higher amongst girls with overt bullying being higher amongst boys (Cross et al., 2009).
Morals and beliefs have seemed to become more corrupt over the past decade. Murder and crime rates have skyrocketed and many are unsure of the reason for this. In the essay “My Neighbor’s Son,” the author, Pearl Buck, explains that if individuals are allotted more privileges later in life, they are more likely to abuse them because of the lack of responsibilities in youth and adolescence. In this essay, Pearl Buck uses insightful concepts, effective metaphors as well as real life scenarios that are easily relatable to portray his message of why there has been such an increase in the amoral actions of society’s youth and young adults. Respect is a quality that one does not simply acquire, but takes long periods of time to build up.
The New Teen Age: 7 Ways to Support Teen Bullying Victims. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-new-teen-age/201010/7-ways-support-teen-bullying-victims Thesis: Bullying in schools and on the Internet amongst teenagers has greatly increased in the past years; this has led to increased fatalities because so many feel that they don't have anywhere or anyone to go
Why Americans Fear The Wrong Things 1. Some examples of supporting evidence that Americans fear the wrong things are school shootings, illegal drug abuse among teenagers, and unfounded health fears current or future. School shootings are very isolated events, illegal drug abuse has dropped vastly in the past decade, and health fears over refuted dangers hyped by the mass media are all unwarranted fears that are misplaced focuses of attention. 2. There are many costs of having misplaced fears.
Under Age Drinking Alcohol is the drug of choice to many teenagers and they are experiencing the consequences of drinking to much at an early age. As a result, underage drinking is the leading public health problem in this country. Each year approximately five-thousand people under the age of twenty-one die as a result of underage drinking, yet drinking continues to be widespread among adolescents nationwide. There should be a mandatory class that children take in school about the effects of alcohol and other addicting substances. As children move from adolescents to young adulthood they encounter dramatic physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes.The younger that children and adolescents are when they start to drink alcohol are more likely to engage in behaviors that can harm themselves and others.
The 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nationwide 25.4% of students had been offered, sold, or given an illegal drug by someone on school property (Mieczkowski 1996). These statistics are staggering and directly correlate to the problem the United States is having with illegal drugs being trafficked into our borders. Finally, drug trafficking effects our economy in many ways. The most prevalent one is the amount of money America spends on “The War on Drugs,” which I will elaborate on later. Another effect is the loss of money made in America legitimately to crime groups for illegal goods.