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Applying Theory to Practice

Social scientists have proposed a number of theories to explain juvenile delinquency. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. For this assignment, go to the following Website, located at http://listverse.com/2011/05/14/top-10-young-killers/ and select one of the juvenile case studies. After reading the case, select one (1) of the psychological theories discussed in Chapter 4 of the text. Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you: Summarize three (3) key aspects of the juvenile case study that you selected. Highlight at least three (3) factors that you believe are important for one to understand the origins of the juveniles delinquent behavior. Apply at least two (2) concepts from the theory that you chose from the text that would help explain the juveniles behavior. Identify one (1) appropriate strategy geared toward preventing delinquency that is consistent with the theory you chose.

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