The Historical Challenge of Juvenile Criminality

  • Jacques M. Quen
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)


Juvenile criminality has been a problem for mankind since Biblical times, at least. Those acts that threaten the community structure, be it family, tribe, or nation, may be as destructive when committed by a child as by an adult. However, throughout time, human communities, as with other animal societies, have distinguished between the acts of children or babies and mature organisms. This chapter shall present several historical aspects of juvenile criminality in the Western world and will discuss those factors, relative to criminal law, to psychiatry, and to society.


Capital Punishment Juvenile Offender Juvenile Delinquency Capital Punishment Case Child Capital Punishment 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacques M. Quen
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryNew York Hospital-Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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