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Behavior Modification and Socially Deviant Youth


by Harold L. Cohen — 1973

This chapter is concerned with the options available to a democratic society in maintaining law and order and especially in dealing with disruptive and delinquent youth. It attempts to define prevalent concepts of "normalcy" and "deviancy" and to account for the national youth dilemma that has given rise to our present, acute delinquency problems. It discusses the social institutions and conditions responsible for shaping behavior and explains why punitive measures have been ineffective as rehabilitation directives. It submits the proposition that options are prime requisites for a democratic way of life and offers examples of a remedial program conducted in a correctional institution and a delinquency prevention program presently operating in a public school.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 72, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 5, 1973, p. 291-314
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19471, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 10:15:21 PM

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  • Harold Cohen
    Institute for Behavioral Research
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    HAROLD L. COHEN is the Executive Director, at the Institute for Behavioral Research, Inc.
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