Strain Theory Of Juvenile Crime

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Strain Theory Delia Sanchez Professor Downey December 1, 2016 Abstract In this paper, the many reasons on how strain theory best attests juvenile punishment will be explained. Juveniles often go through many traumatizing events in their lives, and one reason on how to cope with that is, crime. Minors depend on crime for a number of things, such as seeking out a family, a way to rebel against their parents, and looking for a way to quickly “gather” money. Throughout the paper, the many details on how, and why this happens, will are further explained. Strain Theory Juvenile delinquency is the behavior that violates criminal law by a youth individual who has not yet reached the age of specified age. Some of the earliest…show more content…
Adolescents become victims of such a violent world. They are forced to turn to crime in order to satisfy all basic needs. Homeless juveniles become exposed to sexual assault, corruption, and brutality. There are many times when juveniles, both males and females can get caught up with the wrong people and end up becoming victims of sexual abuse. Though male juveniles are less likely to be victims of sexual assault, they are more likely to be threatened with weapons such as guns and knives. All of these aspects become risks when a juvenile is left to provide care for themselves. In Life on The Streets: The Victimization of Runaway and Homeless Adolescents, written by Les Whitbeck and Ronald Simons, both authors justify that girls were more likely to be sexually assaulted (42% of girls versus 9% of boys), whereas boys were more likely to be involved in incidents involving a weapon. Thirty eight percent of boys were assaulted with a weapon compared to the 20% of girls (119). Strain theory supports juvenile homelessness by providing evidence on how adolescents can turn to crime when pressured to commit offenses in order to…show more content…
Juveniles become drug dependent because of weighing burdens, such as family altering situations, and monetary issues. Numerous juveniles also fall under substance abuse when going through mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorder. In “General Strain Theory and the Relationship between Early Victimization and Drug Use,” written by Christopher J. Sullivan, John K. Cochran, Kim M. Lersch, and Dena C. Carson, the authors express that the strain theory shows how “early drug use has been shown to increase the likelihood of delinquent behavior”(78). Often times, juveniles turn to crime when under the influence of mind altering substances such as drugs that cause them to behave erratically and abnormally. The use of drugs causes a juvenile to turn to deviant behavior. Strain theory proves that drug addiction can lead to a criminal way of life, due to the substances becoming addictive and becoming a need. Furthermore, this need makes the adolescent even more susceptible to the negative behavior that comes along with the addiction. Due to the juveniles young mind not being fully developed, early drug abuse gives the addict a higher chance of a life long battle with crime and other
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