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decorative star graphic  Adolescence:
Psychosocial Development
- Breaking the Law -

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Ψ  Psychologists believe that adolescent crime is an indication of the emotional stress that adolescents feel.

Ψ  Incidence data reveals that adolescents have the highest criminal arrest rate.

     Prevalence: how widespread within a population a particular behavior is

     Incidence: how often a behavior occurs.

Ψ  Adolescents are actually far less often criminals than adults are.

Ψ  The term adolescent-limited offender is used for a juvenile delinquent who is likely to become law-abiding once adulthood is attained.

Ψ  Adolescents commit their crimes most often against other adolescents.

Human Growth & Development
Robert C. Gates
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