Cognitive Behavioral Interventions with Delinquents
Crimes committed by adolescents and, increasingly, by preadolescent children constitute a major part of the current crime problem in the United States. In 1976, for example, persons between ages 11 and 18, who represented about 12% of the population, committed 34% of the robberies, 52% of the burglaries, 53% of the car thefts, and 17% of the forcible rapes and aggravated assaults that were reported to police and subsequently accounted for by arrests (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1977). About 35% of imprisoned male felons have spent some time as adolescents in training schools and other institutions for delinquents, and a much higher percentage have had some contact with a juvenile court (Allen & Simonsen, 1978), so that even the very high crime rates just cited for adolescents underestimate the amount of crime that might be prevented by effective treatments for “juvenile delinquency.”
KeywordsAntisocial Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Impulsive Behavior Recidivism Rate Juvenile Court
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