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  • Child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa 5/e
  • Bezuidenhout C
  • ISBN: 9780627041594
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627041600
  • 412 Pages | Published: 2024

In 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.

Child 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

Child 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 overview

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 youth offenders

Chapter 5: The socio-moral redirection of troubled youth

Chapter 6: Adverse childhood experiences and youth misbehaviour

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 Africa

Chapter 16: Child prostitution

Chapter 17: Concluding thoughts

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