Assignment 2: Comparison of Juvenile Delinquency Theory
The Centervale town council has recently become enamored with the idea of incorporating a more theory-driven approach in the development and execution of juvenile justice policies. While the council has a general understanding of what delinquency theories encompass, it has a limited understanding of how these theories are classified and how best they might be implemented.
As the local expert on juvenile justice theory, you have been asked by the town council to prepare a brief 7–9-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation describing the most relevant theories that pertain to juvenile delinquency at both the individual and the social levels. To save time, the council has asked you to limit your overview to three individual-level theories and three social-level theoris.
In your presentation:
- Identify whether each theory explains delinquency at the individual or the social level.
- Examine the basic premise of each theory and summarize the research that has been used to develop or evaluate the theory.
- Describe how the theory may be used to support or explain various types of policies or practices aimed at controlling or preventing juvenile delinquency.