A Research Exploring on the Antisocial Behavior of Adolescents and Young Adults Issues and concerns about the manifestations of antisocial behaviors from adolescence to early adulthood have long affected the criminal justice system. Previous studies have determined that antisocial behaviors among the youth, such as their delinquent tendencies during the adolescence stage, are stable predictors of the outcomes of said conducts when the subjects reach their maturity. In fact, it is established that antisocial behaviors are stable among adolescents.
This is for the reason that such stage is where offenders portray an intense degree of aggressiveness and other manifestations of antisocial behaviors. When untreated, there is an increased tendency or risk that adolescents’ antisocial behaviors continue and even escalate until early adulthood. The reinforcement of stable antisocial behaviors from adolescence to early adulthood has worked to the advantage of the criminal justice system. This is because such stability has enabled the field to design and carry out ways that addressed the eventualities of antisocial behaviors among adolescents and young adults.
This is aside from the fact that it has been recognized that delinquent teenagers manifest lesser antisocial behaviors and commit lesser crimes. This is also on the perspective that adolescents, who possess antisocial behaviors, are changed when rehabilitated before they reach adulthood. However, recent studies have shown changes wherein even if subjected to institutionalized treatment, juvenile delinquents are not stopped from their antisocial behaviors and they manifest similar and even more aggressive attitudes when they reach their early maturity.
This development is of significant concern to the field of criminal justice. This is because of the idea that the current generation of juvenile and young adult offenders is now resistant to traditional or institutionalized rehabilitation. In effect, it puts more strain to the criminal justice system because it has to exert more efforts in order to thwart the damaging implications of antisocial behaviors among adolescents and young adults. Hence, it is worthwhile and useful that comprehensive research is able to clearly present its contributions to the criminal justice field.
A critical exploration of a related study on antisocial behaviors will indeed offer ways on how to effectively address the stability of issue as well as its alarming changes as the offenders shift from adolescence to early adulthood. In order to have a clearer understanding and effective application of the concept of antisocial behavior among adolescents and young adults, the research made by Cernkovich and Giordano (2001) is worthwhile to discuss and explore.
As an integral component of the criminal justice system, the two authors recognized the need to make a study on the stability and change in antisocial behavior involving offenders who, from their adolescent stage up to their early maturity, have manifested tendencies of antisocial behaviors. According to the research made by Cernkovich and Giordano, it is a stable fact that manifestations of antisocial behaviors during adolescence shift up to the time that the offenders reach their early adulthood.
This means that antisocial conducts like aggressiveness and tendency to commit crimes portrayed by delinquent youth are likely to continue as they mature (Cernkovich & Giordano, 2001). The research’s concealed trait model hinted that while the exact connection or attachment in criminal and antisocial behavior of offenders is lessen as their ages advance, there is no significant modification in the fundamental tendencies of offenders to commit either less or more crime.
Additionally, the life-course model acknowledged the idea that offenders tend to commit fewer law violations as they mature. The longitudinal study was done on two groups of respondents, whose involvement in antisocial behaviors such as youth crimes, were differentiated. The subjects were composed of one group whose offenders were confined in private households while the other group includes offenders who have previously been institutionalized.
The research data revealed that previous delinquency manifested by adolescent offenders was a stable analysis tool that forecasts the early adulthood tendencies of the subjects in both institutional and household settings. This explains that while social bonding had a significant implication on the continued criminal tendencies or inclinations of the household offenders, its weight was less significant or minimal among institutionalized respondents (Cernkovich & Giordano, 2001).