The Young Offender

Abstract

Dr. West reviews the state of knowledge and the incidence of crime in young people, including its aetiology and treatment. He doubts whether there is any real increase of recidivism beyond that which is due to the increase of population. He believes that the majority of young offenders are not very different from groups of nonconvicted, self-admitted delinquents. Much of it appears to be situational rather than particularly due to personality defect. Aetiology is usually multi-factorial including poor education and health, broken homes and lack of adequate parental control. Aspects of the English education system come in for criticism by putting greater strain upon the socially handicapped. A good account is given of the conflicting influences of heredity and environment. This association of minor physical handicaps and brain damage sustained at childbirth and the relationship to certain body types are comprehensively dealt with. Behaviouristic theories, psychoanalytic, and sociological viewpoints are described and adequate reference made to the work of Piaget on maternal deprivation, the Cambridge-Somerville youth study, and the prediction tables of the Gluecks. Sexual offences and drug habituation

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@inproceedings{Bearcroft1967TheYO, title={The Young Offender}, author={John S. Bearcroft}, year={1967} }