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Bachelors Essay

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)




The problem of juvenile delinquency is as old as humanity. Ever since there have been children there has been the problem of their misdemeanors and punishment. In the beginning the treatment of the problem was relatively simple since it was purely a family affair and entirely under the jurisdic­tion of the father as the head of the family. As civiliza­tion became more complex so did the problem of delinquency. The factors which caused it increased in number and import­ance, bringing about greater complexity in its punishment and treatment. At first little or no attention was given to any means of preventing delinquency; the only concern of the community was to punish the offender by committing him to an institution or placing him on probation. It has been only during the 1st few years, really, that anyone has given much thought or attention to means of preventing delinquency. During that time much attention has been given to the under­ lying causes of delinquency; and everywhere social workers, scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and educators have directed their greatest efforts to methods of preventing delinquency; because they realize that in its prevention lies the secret of its control. Much of this work has been done by individuals for their own interest and satisfaction; but the state and nation have al o taken an interest in the pro­blem and provided the means for investigation and report.


A Thesis submitted to the College of Liberal Arts of Marquette University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy

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