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A Closer Look at Juvenile Homicide: Kids Who Kill

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A Closer Look at Juvenile Homicide: Kids Who Kill

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This book focuses on the small but disturbing percentage of homicides by children that occur each year, providing a brief overview of the legal, individual, and social aspects of this phenomenon. Since the 1980s, these crimes have been on the rise and the resulting legal response has been harsher punishments as well as treatment of children like adults. This has led to a host of failures in the juvenile justice system wherein recidivism is high and general outcome is low. The book reviews the literature on youth homicide, including gender, age, and race factors, as well as individual, familial, and environmental risks. The authors seek to aid in the identification and understanding of juvenile homicide to raise awareness of both a population that receives little formal psychological intervention and of the systemic deficiencies that affect these individuals as well as society itself. Exploring current theories, trends, and common factors in juvenile homicide, this brief aims to improve prevention, intervention, and reintegration of young offenders into the community.

Keywords

children, formal psychological intervention, juvenile homicide, juvenile justice system, young offender, youth homicide

Edition Number

1

DOI

10.1007/978-3-030-38168-4

ISBN

9783030381684

Publication Date

2020

Publisher

Springer International Publishing

City

Cham, Switzerland

Disciplines

Psychology

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