1. A Developmental View of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
- Francine T. Sherman,
- Francine H. Jacobs
Published Online: 5 OCT 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice
How to Cite
Beyer, M. (2011) A Developmental View of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, in Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice (eds F. T. Sherman and F. H. Jacobs), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118093375.ch1
- Published Online: 5 OCT 2011
- Published Print: 14 SEP 2011
Print ISBN: 9780470497043
Online ISBN: 9781118093375
Beyer proposes a strengths/needs-based developmental framework for understanding and intervening in the lives of system-involved youth. Its foundation, and the organizing premise of the chapter, is that the delinquent behavior of adolescents must be understood as resulting, at least in large measure, from their immature thinking and the effects of trauma and learning disabilities, which are virtually ubiquitous among these youth. The chapter, informed by Beyer's vast clinical experience with these young people, argues for considering their strengths, and assessing their capacity for resilience within the context of their families, peers, schools, neighborhoods and cultural communities, at all points of the decision-making process. The stories of five youth are interwoven throughout the chapter, illustrating the potential benefits in the application of this approach.