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Delinquency In Society, 9th Edition

  • Robert M. Regoli
  • John D. Hewitt
  • Matt DeLisi
  • ISBN-10: 1449692419
  • ISBN-13: 9781449692414
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Delinquency in Society, Ninth Edition provides a systematic introduction to the study of juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior, and status offending youths. This text examines the theories of juvenile crimes and the social context of delinquency including the relevance of families, schools, and peer groups. Reorganized and thoroughly updated to reflect the most current trends and developments in juvenile delinquency, the Eighth Edition includes discussions of the history, institutional context, and societal reactions to delinquent behavior. Delinquency prevention programs and basic coverage of delinquency as it relates to the criminal justice system are also included to add context and support student comprehension.


  • Offers a balanced, apolitical approach that prompts student engagement, discussion, and critical thinking

  • Presents the most current research across multiple related fields, including psychology, psychiatry, and public health

  • Contains new, up-to-date content, including new box features throughout that provide further insight into contemporary issues

  • Provides a student-friendly approach designed to engage students and encourage exploration and self-directed study

  • Accompanied by a full ancillary suite of instructor support materials, including PowerPoint lecture outlines, an Image Bank, and a Test Bank

  • Every new copy includes full student access to the companion website, which features a variety of interactive and engaging study tools

  • Applicable Courses: This text is ideal for the following courses offered by both Criminal Justice and Social Sciences departments: Juvenile Delinquency, Youth and Crime, Youth and Society

About the Author

Robert M. Regoli

In his lifetime, Robert M. Regoli has found himself in assorted roles relating to criminal justice. In addition to his extensive experience researching and studying police and corrections officers, he also has been a crime victim, secret delinquent, criminal complainant and witness, jury member, and legal consultant. He was born in Antioch, California, earned his B.S. in psychology, M.A. in police science and administration, and Ph.D. in sociology at Washington State University in Pullman. Over the course of his career, he has taught at Indiana State University, Texas Christian University, and, currently, the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Regoli has held several positions at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, including being the President and named a Fellow. He also was former Executive Editor of The Social Science Journal, is the recipient of two William J. Fulbright awards, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also has been a consultant to local law enforcement agencies, as well as the Colorado Department of Corrections, Indiana Department of Corrections, National Institute of Corrections, and National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. He was also a member of the Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force and the Task Force for the Children’s Constitutional Rights. Dr. Regoli has written extensively about criminal justice issues for more three decades and has amassed more than 100 professional journal publications and 14 books.

John D. Hewitt

John D. Hewitt (Ph.D., Washington State University, 1975) is professor of criminal justice at Grand Valley State University. He has taught for more 35 years at small and large state colleges and universities as well as in small liberal arts colleges in the Midwest and West. During his career, Dr. Hewitt has worked in the Indiana Department of Corrections, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware County (Indiana) Youth Services Bureau and Bethel Place for Boys, and has testified as an expert witness in Arizona, Indiana, and Michigan in cases dealing with the death penalty, drug trafficking, judicial sentencing, and youth gangs. He has also written extensively about issues of crime, criminal justice, and delinquency, including co-authoring Exploring Criminal Justice (with Robert Regoli, Jones & Bartlett, 2008), Criminal Justice: The Essentials (with Robert Regoli, Jones & Bartlett, 2010), Delinquency in Society, 8th edition (with Robert Regoli and Matt DeLisi, Jones & Bartlett, 2010), as well as more than 50 articles on issues ranging from adolescent maltreatment and delinquency, juvenile gangs, judicial sentencing patterns, victim-offender relationships in homicide cases, and work stress among police executives.

Matt DeLisi

Matt DeLisi (Ph.D.) is Professor and Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. Professor DeLisi's primary research interests include criminal careers/career criminals, self-control theory, corrections, psychopathy, and the molecular/behavioral genetics of antisocial behavior. Professor DeLisi is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and Association for Psychological Science. The Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Criminal Justice, Dr. DeLisi has published nearly 200 scholarly works.

Table of Contents

Section One Nature and Extent of Delinquency
Chapter 1: Defining Delinquency
Chapter 2: Measuring Delinquency

Section Two Delinquency Theories
Chapter 3: Choice and Biological Theories
Chapter 4: Psychological Theories
Chapter 5: Sociological Theories: Cultural Deviance, Strain, and Social Control
Chapter 6: Sociological Theories: Labeling and Conflict
Chapter 7: Developmental Theories
Chapter 8: Female Delinquency Theories

Section Three The Social Context of Delinquency
Chapter 9: The Family and Delinquency
Chapter 10: Schools and Delinquency
Chapter 11: Violence, Drug Use, and Delinquency
Chapter 12: Peer Group and Gang Delinquency

Section Four Special Topics
Chapter 13: The Juvenile Justice System
Chapter 14: Delinquency Prevention