Child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa 5/e
- Bezuidenhout C
- ISBN: 9780627041594
- eISBN: N/A
- ePub ISBN: 9780627041600
- 412 Pages | Published: 2024
an ideal world, all children would grow up in a stable, nurturing and healthy
home. However, the reality is that globally, many bear the brunt of conflicts,
trafficking, poverty, sexual victimisation, broken families, school disruption
and harming cultural practices. Socialisation structures to teach children the
fundamental moral values of right and wrong are often absent, and children
spend too many hours on social media platforms or playing games on smart
devices, which affects their physical, emotional and psychological development.
It is therefore hardly surprising that the world is seeing an increase in youth
offenders. Child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa addresses the
complex and poorly understood phenomenon of juvenile misbehaviour and the
factors that cause these activities.
and youth misbehaviour in South Africa discusses and analyses various
presumptions on the nature and causes of aberrant behaviour and assesses them
critically with regard to their applicability to South Africa. It presents the
relevant legal processes pertaining to young people and reinforces theoretical
explanations with research and real-world examples. The female youth offender
is also given special attention in this book.
Contents include the following:
- Nature and extent of child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa
- Risk factors pertaining to youth offenders
- Socio-moral redirection of troubled youth
- Adverse childhood experiences and youth misbehaviour
- Traditional and contemporary theoretical explanations for youth misbehaviour
- Prevention and control of youth misbehaviour in South Africa
- Child Justice Act: practice and procedure
- Child trafficking and child prostitution in South Africa
and youth misbehaviour in South Africa is aimed at enabling both practitioners
and students to address the plight of the South African youth in a constructive
way and so become part of creating a safer South Africa for its people.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout is a professor of Criminology at the University of Pretoria where he teaches Psychocriminology, Criminal Justice and Contemporary Criminology at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Section A: Youth misbehaviour: its nature, extent, related risk
factors and explanations
Chapter 1: Introduction and terminology
Chapter 2: A historical perspective of
the youth offender
Chapter 3: The nature and extent of
child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa
Chapter 4: Risk factors pertaining to
Chapter 5: Adverse childhood experiences
and youth misbehaviour
Chapter 6: The socio-moral redirection
of troubled youth
Chapter 7: Traditional theoretical
explanations for youth misbehaviour
Chapter 8: Contemporary theoretical
explanations for youth misbehaviour
Chapter9: A historical overview of
approaches to understanding female youth misbehaviour
Chapter 10: Contemporary South African perspectives on young female offending: dismantling risk, rethinking vulnerability
Section B: Youth in contact
with criminal justice
Chapter 11: The prevention and control
of youth misbehaviour in South Africa
Chapter 12: Diversion
Chapter 13: Juvenile offenders in South
African criminal law
Chapter 14: The Child Justice Act: practice and procedure
Section C: Contemporary
challenges pertaining to youth at risk
Chapter 15: Child trafficking in South
Chapter 16: Child prostitution
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