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Young Killers
The Challenge of Juvenile Homicide



July 1998 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Why is the number of homicides committed by youths rising in the United States? An escalating problem in this country, Juvenile Homicide has been considered an epidemic by mental health professionals as well as practitioners in the juvenile justice and criminal systems. In her book Young Killers, Kathleen M. Heide blends compelling case studies with an empirical assessment of male adolescent murderers, creating a readable and interesting scholarly text. This book explores several factors that contribute to the rise of juvenile homicide including home and family environments, role models, the witnessing of violence, access to weapons, the availability of drugs and alcohol, personality characteristics, and the cumulative effect of having little to lose. Although this book focuses on male juvenile offenders, Heide also addresses the changing percentage of juvenile females arrested for homicide and examines gender issues in juvenile homicide. She discusses the reasons girls may be more likely to kill family members than boys are and examines the effects of the women's movement on girls and crime. Heide also addresses psychological assessment, treatment issues, and prevention strategies aimed at reducing the incidence of juvenile homicide. Young Killers is written with clarity, making it accessible to a wide-ranging audience. This definitive work on juvenile homicide will benefit both undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, social work, counseling, and clinical psychology.


Ted Palmer
Foreword
 
PART ONE:JUVENILE HOMICIDE ENCAPSULATED
 
The Phenomenon of Juvenile Homicide
 
Ingredients for Juvenile Murder
 
The Legal Response to Juvenile and Adolescent Homicide
 
Understanding the Juvenile Murderer
 
PART TWO: CLINICAL PORTRAITS
 
Peter Daniels
 
Jerry Johnson
 
Calvin Thomas
 
David Collins
 
Malcolm Farrell
 
Joel Westerlund
 
Brian Clark
 
PART THREE: THE CHALLENGE OF JUVENILE HOMICIDE
with Eldra P Solomon
Treating Young Killers
 
Reducing Youth Violence in the 21st Century

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