25 September 2010

Stealing as Deviant Behaviour done by Children

Lee (1977:109) postulates that ,"children develop a factual idea of ownership and property right when they are well into the junior school period ." The period is around six to ten years. Many teachers have difficulties in determining children 's habit whether it is verging or stealing. Beside the age of the children ,observations can help us to distinguish whether it is stealing or verging .Verging on stealing can be concluded thoroughly on these observations that:
♦A child constantly takes things that do not belong to him/her.The taken things are they been hidden by the perpetrator and these articles taken exchanged for money or other valuables. Are things taken used on his/her work or not.
♦If we find out that these things taken are influenced by the child's motives ,then it is
stealing. Because a child can take articles because of induced by other factors ,without incalculates a criminal aim.
♦Then we concluded that the child is stealing ,we should make efforts to remove stealing habits. Remember many teachers or adults resort to some form of punishment ,it is not always a good corrective measure. This is simply because it can worsen the problem instead of removing the habit. The child can develop lying strategies inorder to defend his/her thieving.
Stealing is a major problem both for the perpetrators and the victims who deprived their properties. The pupil who develops thieving will be backward in all learning performance because of persistant worries ,lack of concentration as it can inhibit learning in the sense that it is diluted by shade deviant behaviours.

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