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Crime Factors Among Teenagers

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Crime factors among teenagers
As the saying goes "It takes a community to raise a child"! The quote shows that every part of the society must be responsible for the development of a child in terms of their actions. Each year, far too many teens commit acts of violence, and their victims are most often other teenagers. Youth violence actually includes a range of activities, including bullying, threatening remarks, physical fights, assaults with or without weapons, gang violence, and suicide. There are many reasons for the increase of crimes among teenagers and mostly it is because of irresponsible parents, peer pressure, and the media. In my opinion, parents should control their child activities and whom they befriend with. According to research by Michael Shader respectively in (Derzon and Lipsey, 2000; Wasserman and Seracini, 2001), family characteristics such as poor parenting skills, family size, home discord, child maltreatment, and antisocial parents are risk factors linked to juvenile delinquency. Nowadays, parents are more concern about their work and tend to neglect or even care about their children social life. Parents play an enormous role in shaping the future of a child. Positive family environments can provide a strong base for the development of resilience on the child’s behavior. Conversely, negative environments can be a significant risk factor for them to slowly commit crimes. McCord’s (1979) study of 250 boys found that among boys at age 10, the strongest predictors of later convictions for violent offenses (up to age 45) were poor parental supervision, parental conflict, and parental aggression, including harsh, punitive discipline. I suggest that parents need to reflect on how they really care about their child activities. Parents should listen to their child and make them feel comfortable to share their problems. Besides that, try to know your child’s friends and their families. The second reason that contributes to the crime factors among...


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