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The adolescent criminal : an examination of today's juvenile offender
Flowers, R. Barri (Ronald Barri)
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [1990]

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x, 245 pages ; 24 cm
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The Adolescent Criminal examines the most important issues, components, and trends concerning adolescent misconduct from the vantage point of the end of the 1980s, and concerns itself with what to look for in the future.Despite indications that juvenile delinquency is decreasing, a closer look at the picture gives much cause for concern. Adolescent crime has become increasingly more sophisticated, violent and heterogeneous, and its participants younger. Gang violence has spread out from urban centers into suburbia, and gang members have become more organized in their activities. Juvenile prostitution has shown little sign of abating despite the presence of AIDS. Drug and alcohol use among adolescents has reached epidemic proportions, as have running away from home and pettier acts of delinquency.This study of juvenile delinquency is primarily concerned with the adolescent years of youth where delinquency behavior is most pronounced, taking a multicontextual, multidisciplinary approach to exploring the adolescent criminal. The advantage in this is that it takes into consideration the contributions, strengths and weaknesses of the various schools of thought with respect to the delinquency of adolescents--sociological, psychological, biological, familial, demographical, legal, and international, and their implications for the future--in order to present the student with a greater overall perspective and knowledge of the dynamics of adolescent crime today.

Author Notes

Ronald Barri Flowers, born October 25 1956 in Detroit, is a criminologist, crime writer, novelist, textbook author, and screenwriter. He received a B.A. in 1977 and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice in 1980. His publications include The Prostitution Of Women and Girls, an exploration of female prostitution worldwide; The Sex Slave Murders, the true story of Gerald and Charlene Gallego, America's first husband-wife serial killers; and Female Crime, Criminals and Cellmates: An Exploration of Female Criminality and Delinquency.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Flowers's study is a well-written contemporary treatment of juvenile delinquency in a multidimensional format. The author directs the reader first to the statistical dimensions of juvenile crime, with the opening chapter largely devoted to various statistical analyses of delinquency in all its manifestations. The remaining seven chapters in Part 1 also include a large number of tables illustrating current trends in the field. In the succeeding three parts of the book, Flowers examines adolescent criminality with a style and analytical completeness that should be at the fingertips of both student and teacher alike. This work is an up-to-date assessment of juvenile crime through the end of the 1980s. In the "dimensions" section, the author takes the reader through some of the more typical and current figures on youthful criminality, but he then also looks at such often neglected areas as child pornography and prostitution, drug use and abuse, and the abuse of alcohol. The two middle portions of the work deal with theoretical premises and the juvenile justice system. Part 4 addresses trends in delinquency prevention and comparative juvenile delinquency. Excellent chapter notes and an extensive bibliography complete a solid contribution to the always vexing field of juvenile crime. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -J. C. Watkins Jr., University of Alabama