At-Risk Youth: Identifying, Charting, and Explaining the Course of Early Involvement with Crime

  • Annemaree Carroll
  • Stephen Houghton
  • Kevin Durkin
  • John A. Hattie
Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Some young people are at greater risk than others of becoming involved in crime. Why? Is it possible to identify those “at risk” before they go on to become chronically involved in criminal activities? If we can identify those at risk, can we explain how intrinsic and/or external factors have led to this status? Are there protective factors that, for some, mitigate risk? Once we know who is at risk and why, can we predict the subsequent course of their lives? In this book, we use the term at-risk youthin the context of children and adolescents who, as a consequence of their involvement in delinquent activities, place themselves in danger of future negative outcomes. For some of these individuals, such involvement is a deliberate choice, as is the escalation of their at-risk behaviors. For these young persons, involvement is usually in the presence of a peer audience and is a means to attaining a social identity of choice, generally in the form of a nonconforming reputation....


Young People Antisocial Behavior Young Person Delinquent Behavior Juvenile Offender 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Annemaree Carroll
    • 1
  • Stephen Houghton
    • 2
  • Kevin Durkin
    • 3
  • John A. Hattie
    • 4
  1. 1.The University of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.University of Westem AustraliaAustralia
  3. 3.University of StrathclydeUK
  4. 4.University of AucklandNew Zealand

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