Bad Influences on Youth

Archive Report

Exposure of Youth to Harmful Influences

Efforts to comprehend an apparently widespread breakdown in disciplinary controls over young people point to a number of influences in the national life which seem to be damaging the moral fiber of American youth and which may be responsible for the particularly vicious nature of some juvenile offenses. In its search of more than a year and a half for an explanation of this disturbing situation, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to Study Juvenile Delinquency has drawn extensively on the experience of policemen, judges, social workers, parents, teachers, clergymen, and others who deal directly with children and adolescents. Their testimony pieces together an unsavory picture which shows commercial interests deliberately fostering a taste for vice and violence among young people, ...

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