Juvenile delinquency in search of a practice model: Family health, Differential association, and social control
Historically, practice research on juvenile delinquency has often been guided by the theories of differential association and social control. However, current research indicates that no matter what theory of delinquency is pursued, it has had little effect on decreasing juvenile arrest and violent crime rates. This article will explore the dynamics of the theories of differential association and social control in relation to juvenile delinquency. These linear, normative, and deficit-based theories are then contrasted with family health practice, an alternative theory and intervention model which focuses on the multiple forms and needs of families and their strengths. Specific family health practice principles and interventions are suggested for practice with families in which juvenile delinquency occurs. Finally, a case example utilizing family health interventions is presented.
School of Social Work
Family health, Juvenile delinquency, Juvenile delinquency practice models
Jennings, Mary Ann, and John Gunther. "Juvenile delinquency in search of a practice model: Family health, differential association, and social control." Journal of family social work 5, no. 1 (2001): 75-89.
Journal of Family Social Work