Unfortunately, but perhaps not fatal to the problem of solving juvenile delinquency, the paper then concludes that there may exist almost as many reasons for juvenile delinquency as there exist juvenile delinquents. Thus, rather than attempting to fashion a solution by which all juvenile delinquents must abide, this paper suggests that juvenile delinquency must be addressed individually whenever and wherever possible to ensure that this nation's youths become and remain aware of their worth to the future of this country.
II. Broken Homes and Juvenile Delinquency
In general, high crime rates, limited legitimate business activity and/or employment opportunities and poorly functioning public education systems characterize communities of the urban underclass (Coplon, 1985, p. 124). Nationally, 20 percent of all children in the United States live in families at or below the established federal poverty level (Coplon, 1985, p. 124). In many inner-city neighborhoods this figure approaches 100 percent. In many cases, families in such an environment are broken homes and, even when they are not, the home atmosphere is often negative or destructive (Coplon, 1985, p. 124). Fathers and older brothers may have police records or may beat their wives and live-in girlfriends and the children themselves may be physically or