Delinquency, Development, and Social Policy


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David E. Brandt, Ph.D.

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In this book, David E. Brandt examines the legal, psychological, and cultural issues relevant to understanding antisocial behavior in adolescence. Based on his own research and a broad analysis of recent work in the field, Brandt identifies the factors that are common in cases of delinquency.

The discussion considers the long-term effects of social issues such as poverty as well as psychological issues such as the high levels of stress and anxiety suffered during childhood by many delinquents. He shows how a failure to meet the developmental needs of children—at both the family level and at a broader social and political level—is at the core of the problem of juvenile delinquency. Brandt concludes with an inquiry into how best to prevent delinquency. Programs that address the developmental needs of children, Brandt argues, are more effective than policing, juvenile courts, or incarceration.

David Brandt is professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

"The particular strengths of this volume include Brandt's jargon-free writing and his references, which are current and relevant. Anyone pursuing study of what should be the symbiotic relationship between delinquency, development, and social policy should read this book. Highly recommended."—Choice

"This book will be useful to a wide range of audiences: college-educated readers with little if any education in psychology who will be introduced to the classic studies relevant to understanding delinquency; psychology undergraduates; and those with a specialized research niche in juvenile delinquency, who will have the opportunity to rethink the broad picture and the classic studies informing the field."—Steven Rose, PsycCRITIQUES
ISBN: 9780300108941
Publication Date: January 18, 2006
192 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
11 tables + graphs
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