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Adolescent Reputations and Risk Developmental Trajectories to Delinquency

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.04.2009
  • Verlag: Springer-Verlag
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Adolescent Reputations and Risk

The news of teenagers and even younger children committing ever more serious and violent crimes continues to shock and baffle. The escalating psychological and social toll of youth crime is being paid by all - from victims to offenders to parents and siblings to teachers and to the community as a whole. 'Adolescent Reputations and Risk' looks beyond traditional theories to examine, from a solid empirical basis, the motivation and values that make some young people choose antisocial over positive behavior, resulting in potent new insights and possible solutions to this ongoing problem. Synthesizing 15 years of research with delinquent youth, this volume describes the volatile dynamic of child and adolescent social worlds, emphasizing reputation enhancement and goal-setting as bases underlying deviant behavior. In innovative and accessible terms, 'Adolescent Reputations and Risk' addresses delinquency throughout the course of childhood and adolescence, offers the first detailed explanation of delinquency by integrating goal-setting and reputation enhancement theories, provides evidence analyzing deviant trends in goal-setting and reputation enhancement terms among primary and high school students, answers key questions on topics such as impulsivity, drug and inhalant use, early-childhood psychopathy, links between ADHD and aggression, and the psychology of loners and includes current data on interventions for at-risk youth, including family and school methods, cognitive-behavioral therapy, wilderness and boot camp programs, and interactive multimedia strategies. This volume is an essential resource for clinical child, school, and counseling psychologists; social workers; and allied education and community mental health professionals and practitioners. Dr. Annemaree Carroll is Associate Professor in the School of Education at The University of Queensland. Her research activities focus on the self-regulatory processes of adolescent behaviour, and child and adolescent behaviour disorders. The research program has been sustained over 10 years and has resulted in original and substantive contributions to the field. The most significant contributions have been the advancement of proactive interventions (Mindfields(TM)) in behaviour change for young people at-risk and the development of a social-cognitive model for predicting at-risk and delinquent behaviours. Also of importance has been the development of psychometrically sound instruments for use in the study of self-regulatory processes. Dr Carroll has conducted numerous large-scale studies and developed a number of reliable and robust instruments. The continued success in attracting external funding (14 competitive grants) is evidence of the quality others attribute to her research. Her publications over the past 10 years are also evidence of sustained research and international recognition in internationally peer reviewed journals. Professor Stephen Houghton's research activities focus on developmental disorders of childhood and adolescence particularly in relation to executive functions, and developmental trajectories to delinquency and the mediating effects of self-regulation. Within the past he has initiated research to examine the construct of child psychopathy and the development of antisocial behaviour. Professor Houghton has extensive knowledge and experience of children with developmental disorders, and disruptive behaviour disorders in both practice and research, and is sought regularly as an expert by the media. Professor Houghton has developed a number of reliable instruments with Associate Professor Carroll and has been successful in attracting externally competitive funding (15 grants) and producing publications in internationally peer reviewed journals. A major aspect of the research conducted by Professor Houghton is its innovative nature in tapping into ecologically valid domains and from this developing new theories and intervention strategies. Kevin Du


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