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(p. 49) Psychological Aspects of Juvenile Delinquency 

(p. 49) Psychological Aspects of Juvenile Delinquency
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(p. 49) Psychological Aspects of Juvenile Delinquency
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0008
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date: 25 May 2020

In this address to probation officers or trainee probation officers, Winnicott discusses moral, legal and psychological responses to anti-social behaviour, and what they mean for treatment. He concludes that the probation officer has to be prepared to keep his own desires out and concentrate on the child offender instead. Probation workers are unpopular, especially with the police, because in examining the roots of anti-social behaviour we identify with the criminal. Habitual offenders cannot usually be helped, although character disturbance can be helped if found early. Winnicott advises that if steady development can be provided, the potential delinquent may make use of a second chance.

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