Young people exhibit four types of delinquent behavior:
- Destructive acts aimed towards the integrity of another person(s)
- Destructive acts aimed towards private possessions or their ownership
- Acts of withdrawal
- Acts of self-destruction
Another classification includes violation of legal norms, violation of moral norms and conducts of delict. The most common definition of delinquency includes deviant and nonconformist behavior displayed by minors, which results in violating various social and legal norms. Symptoms of junior delinquency include antisocial behavior, committing offence, damaging property and damaging one’s body or life.
Coming of age is a dynamic process which is often accompanied by various problems and challenges. It is also the life stage with most intensive emotional, cognitive and conative changes and includes acquisition of new knowledge, habits, opinions, values and attitudes. At its core is often the search and establishment of one’s identity.
In order to form their identity, young people require socializing and participating in their community’s social life, which is usually achieved by affiliating with peer groups and social circles. Positive identification is expected if the aforementioned groups are the ones recognized and accepted by the society, whereas affiliating with deviant groups is considered to be negative identification, accompanied by violence, addiction and offensive acts. Negative identification/affiliation is therefore seen as the cause of deviant behavior and delinquency, which tends to pose a threat to the society.
According to certain research, 80% of legally prosecuted minors never appear in court again. Still, there is a significant risk regarding minors resuming criminal behavior. Interventions in the early stage might help reducing or preventing deviant behavior. Social work centers, consultant clinics and educational institutions are not effective enough on their own – complete solution includes working with the family (especially parents) as well. While it may seem like the easier option for parents, working with delinquents only isn’t enough.
“No day should begin or end without effort, the effort to leave even a tiny mark, a spot, to utter a snigle nice word… to form even a single link between today and tomorrow.”
Contact us if you spot any signs of delinquency in your family or community. We offer professional psychological and pedagogical help.