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Biološko-psihološke teorije o maloletnom prestupniku
Biological And Psychological Theories On Juvenile Delinquency

Author(s): Miomira P. Kostić
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: personality; juvenile delinquent; criminological theories; bio - psychological theories; child molestation; adolescence; recidivism; victimization

Summary/Abstract: In this paper, the author notes that a child is born with bio-psychological predispositions which are distinctive characteristics of humankind. Every single stage in human development is idiosyncratic and the process of human development involves moving from a lower to a higher and more qualitative stage of development. The roots of asocial behaviour and delinquency may be traced back to the early childhood. The child's psychological and physical characteristics in preadolescence may have a significant impact on one's deviant behaviour, such as commission of criminal acts, gang initiation and suicide. Puberty is the most significant transitional stage involving one's effort to be break free from any form of dependence. The age of adolescence is the most sensitive period in developing one's emotional maturity. Every stage in human development features specific psychological traits entailing not only a risk of child victimization but also the roots of child's propensity to deviant behaviour. The author particularly focuses on the basic tenets of anthropological, bio-psychological and psychological theories dealing with the causes of deviant behaviour among children and juveniles, their recidivism and victimization.

  • Issue Year: 11/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 1-10
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English