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Master of Science in Education

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Day after day and year after year more and more children, of school age, seem to be running afoul of the law and finding themselves, as the result, classified as juvenile delinquents. This procedure, in many cases, leads to the confinement of children to jail or other places where it is feared, many find their way into situations which embitter them and lead to further acts against society and eventually roles which classify them as hardened criminals.

It is possible that many of these cases are the results of negligence on the part of society itself, and not necessarily the results of innate tendencies as some laymen are inclined to believe. More recent theories of psychology tend to indicate that frustrations may be the major factors which contribute toward the juvenile involvement with the law. However, the two theories which appear to be associated with law enforcement seem to be based on "an eye for an eye" in some cases, or confinement as punishment, while the other proposes rehabilitation, or an attempt to correct the existing causes of the condition.

Needless to say, regardless of the causes and current theories of the causes of juvenile delinquency, it seems possible that much might still be done by society to reduce the number of children who encounter difficulty with the law within the compulsory attendance age limits.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Carl C. Weems

Committee Member

J. M. Drew

Committee Member

J. M. Drew

Committee Member

H. E, Mazyck

Committee Member

J. King Chandler


Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College


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John B Coleman Library

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Prairie View





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