Juvenile Delinquency

Please read all questions carefully!

Answer any THREE (3) of the following questions in the form of an essay. All essay responses

answers must be typed and sent (uploaded) to me via Moodle no later than 11:59pm on Wednesday,

October 10th (if you have trouble with the link, you may email them to me:

christophermoore@kings.edu). All LATE WORK will be reduced by one letter per hour it is late.

There is NO NEED to print your answers once you upload them. Each essay is worth 10 points
Essay Questions

and each multiple-choice question (in-class) is worth 1 point.

  1. Discuss the various weaknesses attributed to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program as a measure
    of crime. Include how some of the principal findings of victimization surveys help to provide a
    fuller understanding of the “crime picture.”
  2. Identify and describe the key aspects of the social disorganization theory of delinquency, as
    presented by Shaw and McKay. Provide examples, as needed.
  3. Identity / discuss the key elements of Merton’s theory of anomie/strain/modes of adaptation, to
    include its relationship to Cloward and Ohlin’s opportunity theory. Provide examples, as needed.
  4. List the seven propositions of differential association. Provide examples, as needed, to illustrate
    how differential association theory explains delinquent behavior.
  5. Discuss the process of labeling theory as it relates to delinquency. Be sure to include the sequence
    stages of interaction as defined by Lemert. Provide examples, as needed.
  6. Explain symbolic interactionist theory and include Matsueda’s four features of the self and
    delinquent behavior. Provide examples, as needed.
  7. Identify the 3 basic groups of conflict criminologists and describe the differences between them.
  8. What are the strengths of the symbolic interactionist theory of delinquency? Provide at least one
    example of a social program (real, or proposed) that utilizes insights from symbolic interactionism
    to reduce juvenile delinquency.
  9. Discuss the four propositions on the feminist theory of delinquency as advocated by Chesney-
    Lind. Provide an example of a specific social policy/legal change that you think would be
    endorsed by feminist justice scholars as being likely to either reduce juvenile offending (gender-
    specific, or otherwise) and/or reduce juvenile recidivism.

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