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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript lileDelinquency e years suburbs rhoods. core of j in the a great io. and slum what do you attribute the upsurge in juvenile crime as reflected by FBI statistics? To explain that. I think we have' to go back to the nature of this problem and something thai I said before that is, thai there arc various degrees of vulnerability to delinquency among children, jusl as there are various degrees of vulnerability to physical disease'. Now, whal determines whether or nol ei child will be vulnerable? We have had pretty exhaustive studies of thai question, and il has been fairly well determined that il is the early experience between the parents and the children during the first six years. It's what they call the "under the roof" culture lhat makes the difference. Well, now. when the children leave their home and go into the community, whether or not 'hey will become delinquent depends on whal the community offers the school system, the housing, the recreation, lhe church, tbe synagogue and other neighborhood facilities. LATCH-KEY CHILDREN Now with thai in mind, let's look at the period when the 'hildren who are now delinquent bad those crucial experiences in the development of personality. These are usually children who were between the ages of one and six during World War II. Thev arc children who through no fault of their parents were latch-key children because both parents Worked, who did nol have the father in the home, who suffered from the tensions and the high mobility, the moving from one place lo another, thai characterized life during World Weir II. So they arc children who have a higher 'agree of vulnerability than do certain other generations. Hence, they read to the usual deprivations in our com- "lunitios. the usual links, to a greater extent than did oilier fenerations. Hence, we have a higher rale of delinquency today. (GILMORE): Could il be possible lhal (his higher rate of delinquency today is due to Ihe fact that our statistics today are heller for determining delinquency? No, I don'l ibink so. When we use national statistics, we ■"'■ usually using the statistics that are gathered by the ''hildren's Bureau from Juvenile Courts thai reporl to the bureau. Thev refer only to those children who are actually brought before the court, not those children who are appro- ■tended by the police and then handled in some oilier manner "tort ol actual courl appearance. The courts thai reported ""' lasl ten or twelve years are the .same courts using the ■""ine statistical methods. Hence, I find il doubtful that it is ""■nl\ an improvement of statistics thai gives rise to ibis Problem. (DOHERTY): Air. Beek, do you believe that thc use of alcohol and narcotics is a growing factor in the rise of juvenile delinquency? ihink thai the use of alcohol is. Willi narcotics, most of "' studies thai have attempted to pinpoint lhat problem '""■ found thai among juveniles (that is. what are tech- —Wide World Pholo Highway patrolmen captured these six Bakersfield, Calif., schoolboys after a 90-mile-an-hour chase, during which at least ten shots were fired. nieally termed juveniles—in most stales under 18 emd some under 16) that there is nol an extensive problem in the use of narcotics. I said that alcohol was. because one of the things we have found today is lhal youngsters seem lo be growing up faster—not physically, but in the sense of indulging in experiences which usually were delayed until either verv late adolescence or early manhood or womanhood so thai we have drinking as a problem in high schools today, whereas we didn't have it maybe ten or fifteen years ago. certainly nol to the extent that we have it now. (DOHERTY): Getting hack to the six formative years you mentioned, do you believe in spanking? Yes, I don'l Ihink that spanking should be ruled oul by any manner or means. In tact, I think lhal the parents who attempt to always hold back their natural emotions when children are annoying (and certainly they can be annoying) may sel up a worse situation than they would have if they jusl gave vent and gave a spanking and got it off their chest and gol il off the kid's chest and wenl about their business. (DOHERTY): Do you children to behave? Ihink spanking teaches the FACTS FORUM NEWS, An gust, 1055 No, I doubt that it's the most effective way. Certainly it shows them that the consequences of lining something that mother or father Ihinks is nol righl are swill and sure and unpleasant. Bul I Ihink lhal lhe basic training eiheuii how lo behave comes through lhe child's identifying himself wilh bis parents: and if they are' people of character w ith lhe right kind of values, then lhe child develops as ;i person of character with the righl kind of veducs. SPANKING BREEDS HOSTILITY (HURLEIGH): Do you feel lhat adult delinquency—in the sense lhat parents fail to chastise Iheir children is an important contributing factor in today's juvenile delinquency? As a Director of the Special Juvenile Delinquency Project for the United Stales Department of Health, Education and Welfare, do you know of any studies in that connection? Let me tell you about a study lhal was done up at Harvard of 500 delinquents and 500 non-delinquents living in a deteriorated area, and llicy were trying tn see why one group was delinquent and why lhe oilier wasn't. They found that roughly 70 per cent of the delinquents had experienced Page 49
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