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Study Finds Delinquent Behavior Among Boys Is "Contagious" 245

According to a new study, if everyone else was committing a crime, you would too, at least if you are a boy. The 20-year study showed what every grandmother could tell you; children from poor families, with inadequate supervision and bad friends were more likely to end up in juvenile court. What was more surprising is that exposure to the juvenile justice system seemed to increase the chance that the boy would engage in criminal activity as a young adult. "For boys who had been through the juvenile justice system, compared to boys with similar histories without judicial involvement, the odds of adult judicial interventions increased almost seven-fold," says study co-author Richard E. Tremblay.


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Study Finds Delinquent Behavior Among Boys Is "Contagious"

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  • by Chris Burke ( 6130 ) on Friday July 17, 2009 @03:11PM (#28733473) Homepage

    I like the demotivational slogan: "None of us is as dumb as all of us."

  • Re:warning! (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 17, 2009 @03:13PM (#28733505)

    Burn them as fuel. Energy crisis solved, and it'll keep them off our lawns.

  • Re:warning! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Neil Blender ( 555885 ) <> on Friday July 17, 2009 @03:19PM (#28733589)

    I was part of an educational experiment in which honors students (such as myself) were placed in an 6th-grade English class...I LEARNED NOTHING IN THAT CLASS!


  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland&yahoo,com> on Friday July 17, 2009 @03:34PM (#28733791) Homepage Journal

    I think the IQ of the group is the IQ of the dominant peer.

    and by peer, I mean penis.

  • by NonUniqueNickname ( 1459477 ) on Friday July 17, 2009 @03:36PM (#28733819)
    Delinquents are teaching delinquents now? Back when I was a juvenile delinquent we didn't have any "internet" or "correctional facilities" to show us how. If you wanted to be a delinquent you had to learn it and earn it yourself, by breaking and entering to a house that was 3 miles away in the snow uphill both way and guarded by gargoyles. Today's youth just want everything handed to them on a silver platter. Lazy little bastards. that's the Now get off my lawn.
  • Re:warning! (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 17, 2009 @03:40PM (#28733875)

    He's simply talking about a new style of teaching. It's called "Woosh" theory.

  • Re:warning! (Score:5, Funny)

    by nine-times ( 778537 ) <> on Friday July 17, 2009 @03:42PM (#28733887) Homepage

    The bad kids need to be identified as early as possible, and shunted off into a different program where they're prepared for careers as janitors and burger-flippers

    Great. Take a whole bunch of criminals, and give them keys to go into your office after hours, and have them prepare your food.

  • by Zerth ( 26112 ) on Friday July 17, 2009 @03:42PM (#28733893)

    If only the Department of Health in England could have read this before they spent millions placing kids with higher risk to be a teenage parent in a room with each other, then they wouldn't have been suprised when the pregnancy rates jumped.

    Clearly, they should have been thinly distributed amongst the chess clubs and mathlete societies, where they would have either benefited from the complete lack of sex or been instrumental in breeding a new race of promiscuous geeks.

  • Re:warning! (Score:2, Funny)

    by DarksideDaveOR ( 557444 ) on Friday July 17, 2009 @03:51PM (#28733993)

    People who consistently demonstrate they're unable or unwilling to take care of their children should be deprived of the ability to have them. It might not change their behavior, but at least they'll self-select not to perpetuate their genes and child-rearing practices.

    I really have no ideas on how to force parents to deal properly with their teenagers, though, if holding them liable financially isn't enough.

  • by pluther ( 647209 ) <pluther@usa.EEEnet minus threevowels> on Friday July 17, 2009 @03:52PM (#28734017) Homepage

    Heh. Yeah, the "If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?" always confused me as a child.

    Growing up in Oregon, two things we had in abundance were rivers and bridges over them.

    Some bridges are too high, or the water too shallow, to jump off the bridge into the river below.

    One way to tell is to see where everyone else is jumping in at. If they swim back to shore and climb back up you know it's safe. (For various values of "safe".)

    Which is a longish way of saying the answer to the question is, "Well, yeah. Of course."

  • Re:warning! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Mr. Firewall ( 578517 ) on Friday July 17, 2009 @04:23PM (#28734473) Homepage

    Class settles down, trouble-maker walks in late and then continues being disruptive, and the rest of the class period is shot.

    This is the best argument I've seen so far for why teachers should be allowed to keep a gun in the classroom!

    I knew an old man once whose father had grown up in Arizona back when the West was still wild. Little bitty town, one-room school, and the boys had got it figured out that as soon as they ran a new teacher out of town, they got out of school until the grownups managed to find and hire a new teacher. And I guess these little brats were vicious.

    So one day, they're back in school with a new teacher, first day, and he's a little short guy with a high, squeaky voice. The boys are tittering because they figure they can get rid of him before the day is out.

    "Now children, I was hired to teach school, and that's exactly what I intend to do here," Teacher squeaked, as he pulled back his coattails to reveal a pair of six-shooters. Then he drew both guns and put his initials in the wall at the back of the room.

    No more trouble.

Forty two.