Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on juvenile offender behaviour-learned or inherited. The way the juveniles are being treated at their homes is a strong factor in determining that a child would get involved with criminal activities or not. For e.g. child from a divorced couple may be more likely to get involve with these activities. Divorce is an important aspect which can lead to a distortion in the behavior of parents which can further lead the children to go into a state of trauma. This trauma can therefore lead to the involvement of children in unusual activities of criminal nature. Genetic studies relate the trauma to unusual neurological changes resulting in aggressive or violent behaviors. On the other hand it can be noted that children who have been provided with proper care and treatment in their homes are less likely to be involved in such activities. Furthermore the social class to which the child belongs also plays an important role in determining his future. By social class here it is meant as to which class of the society he belongs to, i.e. race, ethnicity and status (Bynum & Thompson 2007). Juvenile Offender Behavior: A Learned phenomenon The article by Gregory Thyne is undoubtedly a nice attempt towards explaining the initial origin of the juvenile offending behaviors. Thyne’s argument is in full support of the theory supporting these behaviors as learned and changeable through constant efforts and proper attention given to such children. On the other hand, theories which relate the psychopathic individuals to genetic and biological phenomenon are not completely acceptable. The biological arguments are also supported by the scientific research. however, these arguments in favor of the genetic factors affecting juvenile offending behaviors are somehow vague. Psychologists believe and prove that behaviors are affected by the way individuals experience and perceive the world. Moreover, much of the research and real life experiences call for a change in such behaviors which are learned by the individuals through heavy exposure to offending behaviors and early experiences of such behaviors during the childhood. Juvenile offending behaviors are linked to abnormal chemical reactions and unusual brain development. However, limited literature supports this argument as the genetic or inborn abnormality among the juveniles. Most of the literature suggests that these abnormal brain development processes exist as a result of some traumatic injury, exposure to some unusual incident or some past experience. The conditions of the brain and psychological development is interrupted causing changes in the brain structure which are, then, translated as a genetic influence on juveniles. If this theory or evidence is considered to be the true indicator of juvenile delinquency, then no other factor than ‘fate’ can be accused of such behaviors. The human powers to control such behaviors will be vanished due to the uncontrollable genetic development and the resulting offensive behaviors (Ryan et al., 2010). With the change of culture and trends, people have changed their attitudes and habits too. The increasing competition, status consciousness, high emphasis on the consumption of branded articles and more importance given to materialistic things has changed the overall picture of the society. People are now more motivated to compare their lifestyles with their associates. They are more inclined to compete and somehow defeat others.
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