The research reported here was supported by funds granted to the National Criminal Justice Educational Consortium Project by the National Institute on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Parts of this paper were presented at the National Conference on Social Welfare, Washington, D.C., June, 1976.
Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
Social justice, Social problems, Social service, Sociology, Social workers -- Attitudes, Juvenile delinquents, Juvenile delinquency, Social work with juvenile delinquents
Administrators have a lot of influence over the nature of youth programs. Because of this, their thinking on the causes of delinquency, the nature of ideal youth programs, and the role of youth workers were tapped. In the past, people in the field of delinquency have been accused of assuming an individual, personal problem or deficiency point of view. This study of administrators in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area suggests that, while some evidence for a more social structural understanding exists, in general the individual problem perspective prevails. An explanation for the persistence of a personal problem perspective is advanced focusing on a critical examination of the interplay among the social status of youth, the function of the juvenile justice system, and the role of administrators in bureaucracies.
© Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, Western Michigan University; this article was originally published in JSSW, Volume 5, Issue 5, pages 662-677, 1978.
Longres, John F. and Wyers, Norman (1978) "Administrative Thinking on Youth and Youth Programs," The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 5: Iss. 5, Article 5.