This week’s lesson covers chapters 1, 2 and 3. You

  This week’s lesson covers chapters 1, 2 and 3. You are required to read these chapters and complete the following assignment. Write at least one page or 300 words and indicate your word count at the end of your writing. Draw inferences from the text to support your discussion.

Discuss ONE of the following:

1.  What are some similarities and differences between Merton’s theory of anomie and strain theory? In the theory of anomie, what mode of adaptation is most likely to be invoked by juvenile delinquents? What other modes of adaptation have been identified? (Chapter 3)


2. Consider the cases of Ex parte Crouse and People ex rel. O’Connell v. Turner. What was their significance in the development of the juvenile justice system? (Chapter 2)


3. How does social learning theory differ from psychoanalytic theory? Consider the implications of each theoretical model for responding to delinquent youth. (Chapter 3)


Merlo, A.V. & Benekos, P.J. (2019). The Juvenile Justice System: Delinquency, Processing, and the Law 9th ed. NY:

Pearson. ISBN: 10: 0-13-481331-6 ISBN: 13: 978-0-13-481331-8

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