Juvenile Delinquency: What Does Trauma Has to Do with It?
(Juvenile Delinquency and Trauma)

Juvenile delinquency can be attributed to numerous causes; increasing evidence suggests that traumatic events like family breakup, physical and sexual trauma, witnessing domestic and community violence, and other traumatic experiences during childhood can certainly be a major factor in juveniles’ behavior. Some research also suggests that victimization can result in a breakdown in a child’s capacities to regulate emotions and process social information, which may lead to “delinquent” acts. (See Ford, 2002). As an administrator you need to be aware of these social and psychological issues in order to implement programs that target the source of the problem.

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