Why Juvenile Delinquency Exists
WhyJuvenile Delinquency Exists
Youthsengage in criminal activities due to different reasons. Such motivesinclude poverty, drugs, broken families, and low education levels.Various publications indicate that the majority of young adultscommit crimes because of poverty. Studies (Omboto,Ondiek, Odera, & Ayugi, 2013, p. 18) indicatethat the majority of individuals who go to jail are poor 40 out of55 inmates, today, come from poor backgrounds. For instance,statistics indicate that the majority of boys run from their homes tostart begging in the roads because of a shortage of basic needs athome (Omboto,Ondiek, Odera, & Ayugi, 2013).Consequently, these individuals resort to committing crimes tosurvive while on the streets. These findings reveal that poverty is aprimary cause of delinquency among young adults in the currentgeneration. In addition, peer pressure plays a critical part indetermining whether young adults get into crime or not. The influenceof peers usually leads youths to indulge in crime-related activitiesdue to the ability of drugs to destroy the moral fiber (Omboto,Ondiek, Odera, & Ayugi, 2013).In the same vein, destroyed homes and inadequate education can beattributed to delinquency because the perpetrators of crime lackguardians to educate them on the morally acceptable deeds. Loweducation levels also prevent individuals from realizing the negativeeffects of the choices that they make.
Consideringthe above assertions, I believe that the delinquent behaviors ofyoung adults can be justified. The reason for this presumption can berooted in the fact that poverty, the use of drugs, and brokenfamilies can push individuals to act in ways that can be perceived asmorally unacceptable. In most cases, youths need the direction andcounsel of adults to become responsible and law abiding citizens. Inessence, poverty impedes teens from focusing on developing theirlives. Abraham Maslow contends that an individual can only elevate tothe next level of the hierarchy of needs if he satisfies the desiresof his current stage (Mcleod,2017).Thus, an individual is highly likely to engage in crime-relatedactivities to satisfy his psychological needs. In the same vein, theabuse of drugs can prevent a person from reasoning in a rationalmanner. As a consequence, such an individual can perpetrate a crimewithout understanding the ramification of his actions. Finally, thebreakdown of the family, due to the absence of the father, mother, orolder siblings can be a significant trigger of crime among the youthsin society. The majority of individuals require the guidance of theolder members of the community to understand how the world functions.Thus, in the absence of these persons, the young adults are highlylikely to engage in endeavors that may put their lives at risk.Accordingly, the young individuals that come from the families wherethe guardians lack the capacity to cater to the needs of theirchildren end up in rehabilitation centers.
Ina recap of the above discussion, different factors can be attributedto the delinquent behaviors that manifest in the young adults. Thesefactors include poverty, drugs, and broken homes. Poverty pushespeople to act in unacceptable ways because they cannot bear theburden of living without the necessities of life. Secondly, drugsinfluence the younger populations to act delinquently because theeffect of these substances prevents them from realizing the outcomesof their decisions. Consequently, these individuals may go to theextent of hurting the other members of society with little to noknowledge of their actions. Finally, broken families can beconsidered a primary cause of delinquency because the youngsters lacka comprehensive understanding of what can be regarded as right orwrong. As a result, such individuals can be easily swayed intoengaging in unlawful deeds. I believe that poverty, drugs, and brokenhomes are significant drivers of crime among young adults, ashighlighted above.
Mcleod,S. (2017). Maslow`sHierarchy of Needs.SimplyPsychology.Retrieved 10 April 2017, fromhttps://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html
Omboto,J., Ondiek, G., Odera, O., & Ayugi, M. (2013). FACTORSINFLUENCING YOUTH CRIME AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY. InternationalJournal Of Research In Social Sciences, 1(2),18 – 20. Retrieved fromhttp://ijsk.org/uploads/3/1/1/7/3117743/sociology_2.pdf
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