little criminals

READINGS
link to: Can a child change?
At the Oregon Social Learning Center, a nationally recognized treatment center for some of the most troubled children, there are lessons in parenting for all of us.

link to: From Abuse to Violence:  Psychophysiological Causes of Maltreatment
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, May 1992.

This paper proposes that whatever forces increase impulsivity, irritability, create paranoia, diminish judgment and curtail the recognition of pain in the self and others will enhance violence in a human being. Lewis presents evidence that maltreatment has all of these effects.

link to: San Francisco's 1971 Crucifixion Murder
NoahIt was a horrific incident involving two boys, 7 and 10 years old. How were they dealt with back then? What are their lives like today?

link to: The Rationale and Feasibility of Licensing Parents
Society, November 1996

A bold, thought-provoking essay on the parent-child relationship. The author summarizes the evolution of parenting standards and argues that it's time to throw away the existing paradigm of parenting, which is children are the property of their biological parents. He details the steps it will take for society to accept a new social value--parenthood is a privilege.

link to: In Loco Parentis: Helping Children When Families Fail Them
The Brookings Institute.

If the reasons for at-risk, troubled children all comes back to family (poor parental practices and a weakened family structure) what intervention programs are needed? Wilson cites intervention models that have succeeded and offers ideas for other strategies to help children and adolescents.

All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence

Willie Bosket, the protagonist of this book, was 15 when he was convicted of a double murder. He reputedly is the most dangerous man held in the New York state prison system.

  • Here is an excerpt detailing the pattern of family violence with Willie and his father, Butch.

  • Fox Butterfield's Epilogue for his book, a cogent summary of the interweaving forces that have produced the surge in juvenile crime.

link to: The Four M's of Fighting Crime
Noah This March 1997 article looks at the demographics and statistics on youth in trouble and cites community based prevention strategies to help these juveniles.

link to: Understanding Violent Behavior in Children and Adolescents

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry prepared this listing of the range of violent behaviors. It cites factors which increase risk of violent behavior, describes warning signs and offers strategies to lessen or prevent such behavior.



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