Children and Crime offers a multidisciplinary and research-based approach to the study of child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency. Connie M. Tang first examines children as victims of maltreatment, exploring how developmental trauma and societal factors influence children’s behavior and psyche. Topics covered include child neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and psychological abuse. Later chapters address how children come into conflict with the law and discuss gang membership and substance abuse. Engaging, real-life case studies illustrate the intersectionality of race, gender, and crime, as well as the role of Child Protective Services and juvenile courts. In particular, Tang examines how abuse and neglect can later play a role in a child’s delinquency. Children and Crime provides an innovative and accessible text for psychology, social work, and criminal justice courses in child abuse, neglect, and delinquency.
Connie M. Tang is an associate professor of psychology at Stockton University. She earned her PhD from the University of Wyoming, specializing in experimental and developmental psychology, and her research has been published in Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Cognition and Development, and American Journal of Forensic Psychology, among others. At Stockton, she teaches courses on child development, children and crime, field placement in childhood studies, research on childhood and adolescence, and the psychology of child victims and witnesses, in addition to coordinating the childhood studies program.
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2 Circumstances Under Which Children Become Crime Victims
3 Child Maltreatment Overview
4 Research on Child Maltreatment
5 Children as Eyewitnesses
6 Child Protective Services
7 Children as Offenders Overview
8 Understanding Children as Crime Perpetrators
9 Gender, Race, and Juvenile Delinquency
10 Precursors of Youth Violence
11 The Juvenile Justice System
12 Child Maltreatment and Juvenile Delinquency
About the Author
Children and Crime offers the reader a thorough examination of both juvenile victimization and offending. Throughout the two major sections (children as victims and children as offenders), the work includes a rich description of theories, case studies, statistics, important policy, and procedure taken by professionals and institutions when engaging with juvenile victims and offenders. In this thoroughness, however, lies accessible writing for both academic and nonacademic audiences alike; a feat that is not always easy to achieve.
Children and Crime covers the issues related to children as both the perpetrators and victims of crime. True case studies capture the reader’s attention and illustrate the relevant research findings, while thought-provoking questions throughout stimulate reflection and application.
For the past thirty years I’ve taught about many of the topics in this book in different classes, but it never occurred to me to combine these topics into a single course on children and crime. Maybe it never occurred to me because I never saw a textbook on the topic. Children and Crime changes that. This textbook is easy to read yet packed with valuable information. Students and instructors will love it.