Jamie is currently enrolled as a second-year high school student. however, he is often truant. When he does attend school, he is frequently arguing with his teachers. It is noted, however, that during his primary school years, he was actually performing well in his studies. He also got on well with his physical education teacher. According to his parents, he used to be a very active child but he had difficulty concentrating in school. Based on the MAYSI assessment, clinical elevations were apparent on the Depressed-Anxious and Suicide Ideation Subscale. He had one previous offence of stealing, about 12 months ago. This incident was also accompanied by substance abuse and in the company of peers. Jamie first smoked cannabis at the age of 13 and he started inhaling paint approximately 3 months ago. At present, he smokes cannabis several times a week with friends. His paint use is sporadic, every couple of weeks. His offending behaviour enables him to distance himself from his parents. Coincidentally, his behaviour has managed to force his parents, who were previously estranged, to work together to solve the problems associated with their child’s juvenile delinquency. Considering the above case, the critical issues of this case study shall first be identified. Next, how these issues specifically impact and or disadvantage the adolescent shall also be identified. Then, this paper shall use research literature in order to discuss whether there is an argument for implementing specific strategies to mitigate the impact of disadvantages which might be experienced by the adolescent. The critical issues in the case study mostly involve Jamie’s activities which come under the purview of juvenile delinquent behaviour. Such behaviour includes his truancy, substance abuse, and his stealing.
The Juvenile Delinquent Jamie