Juvenile Delinquency, Crime and Social Marginalization: Social and Political Implications

Miguel Basto Pereira
Higher Institute of Applied Psychology, Portugal

Ângela da Costa Maia
University of Minho, Portugal

Product Details
14 Sep 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
96 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Points
This book examines the psychosocial, legal, and familial factors at play in the persistence in crime and social marginalization in adults with a history of juvenile delinquency, setting out the political and social implications, and delineating new lines of research.  

Presenting, for the first time, a summary of the main findings and conclusions of The Portuguese Study on Delinquency and Social Marginalization (PSDSM), this study addresses the following topics: the role of youth psychosocial factors on desistance from crime during adulthood in individuals with a history of juvenile delinquency; the relationship between serious adverse childhood experiences (e.g., having lived with a person with mental illness, physical abuse, emotional neglect) and juvenile justice involvement, persistence in crime, and psychosocial problems; the mechanisms involved in the link between serious childhood adversity and delinquency; the role of the juvenile justice system on psychosocial problems and persistence in crime during young adulthood; and finally the relation between adult psychosocial problems and criminal indicators in individuals with official record of juvenile criminal offenses. 

Findings from PSDSM have resulted in an extensive list of political and social recommendations for child protection services, justice system, mental health services, schools and universities. This timely title explores these findings and recommendations.
1. Juvenile Delinquency, Crime and Social Marginalization: Theoretical Background 
2. Portuguese Study On Delinquency and Social Marginalization: Major Topics and Research Questions
3. Methods
4. Juvenile Delinquency, Crime and Social Marginalization: Main Findings
5. Recommendation for Policies, Interventions and Future Directions
6. Overall Conclusions  
Appendix 1. Portuguese Study On Delinquency and Social Marginalization: Scientific Outcomes
Miguel Basto Pereira is Lecturer at the Higher Institute of Applied Psychology (IPSA), Portugal. He has recently completed his doctorate in Applied Psychology, and was a Visiting Doctoral Student at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, UK. He has published several articles in peer-review journals on the topic of justice psychology.
Ângela da Costa Maia is Lecturer in Applied Psychology at the University of Minho, Portugal, where she is also Vice President of the School of Psychology and coordinates the Research Unit on Victims, Offenders and the Justice System. She has led research projects funded by the Foundation of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defence.

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