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Juvenile Delinquency: The Core, 6th Edition

  • Larry J. Siegel
  • Brandon C. Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 1305577418
  • ISBN-13: 9781305577411
  • 512 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2011, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Succinct but thorough and cutting edge, Siegel and Welsh's JUVENILE DELINQUENCY: THE CORE, 6th Edition presents theory, policy, relevant legal cases, and the latest research in a value-priced, student-friendly paperback. This brief text is acclaimed for its authority and balance as well as the authors' ability to completely engage students in the juvenile delinquency course. In around 500 pages, Siegel and Welsh help students understand the nature of delinquency, its causes and correlates, and current strategies being used to control or eliminate its occurrence. What's more, the MindTap online learning platform available with this text helps students practice and master techniques and key concepts while engaging them with video cases, career scenarios, and visual summaries.


  • The text's popular "Focus On" boxed features highlight controversial issues and important research from the field. Topics include sexting, cyber-bullying, waivers, life sentences for juveniles, race and gender delinquency, and research on factors and learned attitudes that lead to delinquency.

  • Offering personal insight from real people in the field, "Professional Spotlight" features give students an up-close, real-world view of careers in action. These profiles provide guest perspectives from a variety of professionals in the juvenile justice system -- including a probation officer, judge, CASA, school resource officer, and many others -- who showcase the day-to-day job responsibilities of readers' potential careers.

  • Reflecting trends from the field and emphasizing intervention strategies for at-risk juveniles, "Juvenile Delinquency: Prevention/Intervention/Treatment" explores the successes behind programs like Homeboy Industries, founded by a Jesuit priest who believed people are happier when employed; the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program and various other restorative justice initiatives (new); and Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion, a program that develops girls' skills to resist pressure to use harmful substances (new).

  • Providing maximum reinforcement and student success, chapters begin with numbered learning objectives that are carefully matched to headings in the chapter narrative (through the integration of "CheckPoints") as well as linked to corresponding quiz items in MindTap®.

  • With 14 chapters and approximately 500 pages, JUVENILE DELINQUENCY is a visually appealing, truly "core" text at a modest "essentials" price. Its succinct yet thorough coverage couples the latest research with an emphasis on real-world practice in a package that delivers excellent value.

  • With its unbiased and objective approach, the text covers every side of each issue without taking a political or theoretical position -- enabling students to form their own opinions.

About the Author

Larry J. Siegel

LARRY J. SIEGEL was born in the Bronx, New York. While living on Jerome Avenue and attending City College (CCNY) in the 1960s, he was swept up in the social and political currents of the time. He became intrigued with the influence contemporary culture had on individual behavior: did people shape society or did society shape people? He applied his interest in social forces and human behavior to the study of crime and justice. After graduating from CCNY, he attended the newly opened program in criminal justice at the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. After completing his graduate work, Dr. Siegel began his teaching career at Northeastern University, where he was a faculty member for nine years. After leaving Northeastern, he held teaching positions at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, and the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he taught for 27 years; he is now a professor emeritus, still teaching online courses in criminology and criminal justice. Dr. Siegel has written extensively in the area of crime and justice, including books on juvenile law, delinquency, criminology, criminal justice, and criminal procedure. He is a court-certified expert on police conduct and has testified in numerous legal cases. The father of four and grandfather of three, Larry Siegel now resides in Naples, Florida, with his wife, Terry, and their two dogs, Watson and Cody..

Brandon C. Welsh

Brandon C. Welsh is a Professor of Criminology at Northeastern University and Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement in Amsterdam. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in England. His research interests focus on the prevention of crime and delinquency and evidence-based social policy. Dr. Welsh has published extensively in these areas and is an author or editor of ten books.

Table of Contents

1. Childhood and Delinquency.
2. The Nature and Extent of Delinquency.
3. Individual Views of Delinquency: Choice and Trait.
4. Sociological Views of Delinquency.
5. Developmental Views of Delinquency: Life Course and Latent Trait.
6. Gender and Delinquency.
7. The Family and Delinquency.
8. Peers and Delinquency: Juvenile Gangs and Groups.
9. Schools and Delinquency.
10. Drug Use and Delinquency.
11. Delinquency Prevention and Juvenile Justice Today.
12. Police Work with Juveniles.
13. Juvenile Court Process: Pretrial, Trial, and Sentencing.
14. Juvenile Corrections: Probation, Community Treatment, and Institutionalization.

New to this edition

  • Completely updated throughout, this edition includes new or revised discussions of such timely topics as the rapid expansion of foster care in the U.S., cyberbullying, juveniles and social networking sites, DNA collection in juvenile court, the incarceration of status offenders and policy measures to improve their treatment, parental monitoring and delinquency risk reduction, limited opportunity, restorative justice initiatives that target juvenile offenders, emotional differences between boys and girls, the narrowing of the gender gap in delinquency, and sex trafficking victims.
  • New and revised topics include the close association between prison gangs and street gangs, newly-emerging types of gang activities and views of gang formation, the link between school success and delinquency, school violence, school-based delinquency prevention programs, the latest research on the effects of medical marijuana laws on juvenile drug use, teen drug courts, juveniles' attitudes toward the police, and the latest Supreme Court ruling on life without parole for juvenile offenders.
  • The book presents new research on training police in procedural justice and the latest developments following the shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, including the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the latest findings on what works for police efforts to prevent juvenile crime.
  • The new MindTap® for Juvenile Delinquency is an online learning platform offering customizable content, course analytics, an e-reader, and an applied learning experience -- all delivered within your current learning management system. With its rich array of media assets -- all tagged by learning objective and Bloom's Taxonomy level -- MindTap engages students, guides them toward mastery of basic concepts, and advances their critical thinking abilities.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305640349 | ISBN-13: 9781305640344)

This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305640357 | ISBN-13: 9781305640351)

These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Online Test Bank -- Microsoft® Word  (ISBN-10: 1305881192 | ISBN-13: 9781305881198)

Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions -- most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 130564042X | ISBN-13: 9781305640429)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Siegel/Welsh's Juvenile Delinquency: The Core  (ISBN-10: 1305640373 | ISBN-13: 9781305640375)

MindTap Criminal Justice for Siegel/Welsh's Juvenile Delinquency: The Core, 6th Edition is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today’s students into critical thinkers. Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie cutter into cutting edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers.

Student Supplements

MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Siegel/Welsh's Juvenile Delinquency: The Core  (ISBN-10: 1305640373 | ISBN-13: 9781305640375)

As a student using MindTap Criminal Justice for Siegel/Welsh's Juvenile Delinquency: The Core, 6th Edition, you have the tools you need to better manage your limited time, with the ability to complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn. Course material that is specially customized for you by your instructor in a proven, easy-to-use interface, keeps you engaged and active in the course. MindTap helps you achieve better grades today by cultivating a true understanding of course concepts, and with a mobile app to keep you on track. With a wide array of course specific tools and apps – from note taking to flashcards – you can feel confident that MindTap is a worthwhile and valuable investment in your education. You will stay engaged with MindTap’s video cases and career scenarios and remain motivated by information that shows where you stand at all times—both individually and compared to the highest performers in class. MindTap eliminates the guesswork, focusing on what’s most important to your instructor with a learning path designed specifically by your instructor and for your Juvenile Delinquency course. Master the most important information with built-in study tools such as visual chapter summaries and integrated learning objectives that will help you stay organized and use your time efficiently..