Court Referrals of Catholic Juveniles: A Statistical Study of Eighty Cases Referred to Manhattan Catholic Charities Court Unit in 1962, to Ascertain If There Are Specific, Familial and Environmental Differences Between Those Who Accept and Those Who Refuse Continued Agency Help
Background of the Study. Social Services for children, youths and adults who violate laws are an important part of modern social work. These services developed only after the criminal courts already had a long history. Thus court authorities have been reluctant to recognize the value of the contribution of the services of social workers whose techniques and skills had not yet taken definite forms. I think, however, that we are beginning to see a reversal of this attitude on the part of many of our judges and probation and parole personnel who are concerned about the juvenile delinquent and his family. Maladjustment and delinquent behaviour of children and youth are among the most serious problems of our society. From the point of view of social work, it seems necessary to help children and adolescents to avoid asocial behavior, whether or not they are brought before a court or are pronounced delinquent. Social work assists young people in their efforts to abide by the rules of social conduct required by tradition or statute. These efforts include the development of social attitudes and modes of behavior which are not necessarily embodied in legal provisions. Thus juvenile protection in social work is concerned not only with maladjusted children and youth whose delinquency brings them before the law, but also with those who, although not violating laws, prove to be difficult to educate in the family or who are endangering others in school and in the streets.
Social research|Criminology|Statistics|Social work
Bozzuffi, Victor David, "Court Referrals of Catholic Juveniles: A Statistical Study of Eighty Cases Referred to Manhattan Catholic Charities Court Unit in 1962, to Ascertain If There Are Specific, Familial and Environmental Differences Between Those Who Accept and Those Who Refuse Continued Agency Help" (1964). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670816.