Major Theoretical Positions
Theoretical approaches to explanations of troubled youth have closely paralleled more general deviance theory and sociopolitical trends (Elliot et al., 1985; Empey, 1982). It has been difficult to discern whether deviance theories evolved from independent scientific thinking or emerged as explanations for the preferences of the policies of the sociopolitical context (Empey, 1982). Consistent with this observation, this chapter will present the major theoretical positions that provided the context within which our treatments of troubled youth have been developed and tested.
KeywordsSocial Learning Delinquent Behavior Juvenile Offender Differential Association Juvenile Court
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