Juvenile Justice System: The Attachment Analysis

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Problem: As a society, we are beginning to see that biological parents are not taking an active role in the juvenile justice system, or simply not as active as one would hope they would accept and perform, which is presenting further problems and concerns within the system (Baker, et al., 2013; Greenwood, 2008). Due to parents not being as actively involved as what certain individuals may like to see, other concerns can arise, creating this sense of criticism, along with a flawed juvenile justice system to the untrained societal eye because parents are not home with their families, they are in out of home placements (Amandoala, 2009; Farrugggia, & Sorkin, 2009; Woods, Farineau, & McWey, 2013; Younes & Harp, 2007). There are a handful of different agencies and individuals who become involved in a juvenile’s life if they act delinquent, and…show more content…
If one does not have a strong bond or attachment with their parental figure or main caregiver, negative side effects are more than likely to occur (Dujardin et al., 2014; Gautheir et al., 2004; Hoeve et al., 2012; Taylor & McQuillan, 2014; Whelan, 2003). When attention and reinforcement for behaviors is suddenly discontinued, youths will seek out ways to recapture the attention, often times resorting to noticeably negative behaviors due to associating them with attention and their attachment to their parent (Bowlby, 1980; Dujardin et al., 2014). Studies have found that if an individual is constantly dislocated via removal and placement in foster care, shelter care, or a group home, in addition to lacking any sense of consistency and stability, they will have a hard time developing an attachment with their caregivers, if one is developed at all (Dujardin et al., 2014; Whelan, 2003), causing harmful behaviors to likely ensue (Amatya, & Barzman, 2012; Dujardin et al., 2014; Gautheir et al., 2004; Hoeve et al., 2012; Taylor & McQuillan, 2014; Whelan,
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