Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to

  • Describe why juveniles are treated differently than adults
  • Explain the difference between juvenile delinquency and status offenses
  • Summarize the three conceptions of delinquency and how they relate to our responses to juvenile delinquency
  • Identify the social context in which juveniles are living and its effect on the well-being of children
  • Compare and contrast the concepts of individual and institutional racism, classism, and sexism
  • Explain why intersectionality is important
  • Describe the role of the sociological imagination in explaining the societal response to juvenile delinquency