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Children and Crime


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Figures and Tables Preface Acknowledgments 1 Introduction 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 References Index About the Author

About the Author

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.


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. -- Monica L. McCoy, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Converse College
Children and Crime presents an impressive synthesis of theory, research methods, case histories, and the latest research concerning children as victims and perpetrators of crime. It should be the text of choice for every course-undergraduate and graduate-concerning children and the law, as the book provides authoritative coverage on every important topic in the area. The book is an absolute delight to read! Case studies presented at the outset draw readers new to the field into the intellectual issues that are thoroughly explored in each chapter, while experienced researchers will find exciting ideas and lines of investigation from a variety of fields. -- Daniel Hart, distinguished professor of psychology, Rutgers University
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. -- Narina Nunez, professor of psychology, University of Wyoming
This is a really valuable book. It is not a general discussion of children and the law, or even an extensive discussion of the laws of various countries concerning a single topic. Much more useful for most readers, Children and Crime brings together overviews of relevant topics in ways that introduce important ideas to beginning students or general readers, and that prepare readers to go more deeply into the complex research literature. -- Jean Mercer, PhD, professor emerita, Stockton University
Each chapter features learning outcomes, tables and figures, critical thinking questions, and a glossary. With its notable synthesis of theory and research, Children and Crime is more than a resource for students; it is valuable for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in fields such as social work, psychology, education, and criminal justice. * CHOICE *

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