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Delinquency in Society: The Essentials

Author(s): Robert M. Regoli, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Boulder
John D. Hewitt, PhD, Professor, Grand Valley State University
Matt DeLisi, PhD, Professor, Iowa State University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763777906
  • Paperback    547 pages      © 2011
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Delinquency in Society: The Essentials is a concise introduction to the important topics covered by the same authors in the popular Delinquency in Society, Eighth Edition. This practical text explores how juvenile delinquency is defined, measured, and explained, as well as how the juvenile justice system deals with delinquent youth. The new Essentials text provides separate chapters focusing on the police, juvenile courts, corrections, and delinquency prevention.

Key Features:

  • Detailed descriptions of delinquency, criminal acts, and status offenses engaged in by juveniles enhance one's understanding of juvenile delinquency
  • Coverage of principle theories including Cultural Deviance, Strain, and Life Course serve to develop a greater foundation of understanding.
  • Cutting-edge discussion of the biosocial paradigm that articulates the interplay between nature and nurture in the development of delinquency
  • Accompanied by a Companion Web Site offering a comprehensive set of Instructor Resources and an Interactive Study Guide for Students.

Find the value-added bundle of Juvenile Delinquency Essentials with eChapters under the Resources tab with content from Juvenile Delinquency: An Integrated Approach, Second Edition, by James Burfeind, PhD, University of Montana and Criminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach by Matt DeLisi, PhD, Iowa State University and Kevin M. Beaver, Florida State University

Applicable Courses

This text is ideal for undergradudate Juvenile Delinquency or Juvenile Justice courses in Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Sociology programs. 

Section  1  Nature and Extent of Delinquency
  Chapter  1  Defining Delinquency
  Chapter  2  Measuring Delinquency
Section  2  Delinquency Theories
  Chapter  3  Choice, Biological, and Psychological Theories
  Chapter  4  Sociological Theories: Cultural Deviance, Strain, and Social Control
  Chapter  5  Sociological Theories: Labeling and Conflict Explanations
  Chapter  6  Developmental Theories
Section  3  The Social Context of Delinquency
  Chapter  7  The Family and Delinquency
  Chapter  8  Schools and Delinquency
  Chapter  9  Violence, Drug Use, and Delinquency
  Chapter  10  Peer-Group and Gang Delinquency
Section  4  The Juvenile Justice System
  Chapter  11  Police and Delinquency
  Chapter  12  The Juvenile Court
  Chapter  13  Juvenile Corrections
  Chapter  14  Delinquency Prevention

Robert M. Regoli, PhD-Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Boulder

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 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.

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John D. Hewitt, PhD-Professor, Grand Valley State University

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.

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Matt DeLisi, PhD-Professor, Iowa State University

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.

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Bundle - Delinquency in Society: The Essentials with Access to Student Companion Website

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Developed exclusively to accompany Delinquency in Society: The Essentials, this student companion website offers a variety of resources designed to enhance your study of juvenile delinquency and to give you an opportunity to explore topics from the text in more detail.