Juvenile delinquency encompasses two general types of behaviors, status and delinquent offenses.
Status offenses are behaviors that are considered inappropriate or unhealthy for children and adolescents, and the behaviors are proscribed because of the age of the offender.
This research paper offers a comprehensive look at juvenile delinquency including its historical background, major theories of juvenile delinquency, and types or typologies of juvenile delinquents.
The ways that juvenile delinquency has been defined, perceived, and responded to have changed over time and generally reflect the social conditions of the particular era.
The language and the spirit of the law were drawn from the biblical Book of Deuteronomy.
The Stubborn Child Law descended from the Puritans’ belief that unacknowledged social evils would bring the wrath of God down upon the entire colony.
Delinquent offenses also include acts that are considered property crimes, such as burglary, theft or larceny, motor vehicle theft, arson, damage to property, criminal mischief, vandalism, and others.
A variety of miscellaneous crimes sometimes known as public order offenses are also delinquent offenses.
There are also other status offenses that are essentially labels that parents and the juvenile justice system place on young people.
These offenses include waywardness, incorrigibility, idleness, and being ungovernable.