The Young Delinquent

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PROF. BURT'S aim in this important study is primarily practical; he wishes to afford to teachers, probation officers, and others, aid in the investigation and treatment of young offenders. His practical advice, however, is based upon an exact and scientific study of data collected by himself in the course of his work in connexion with the schools of the London County Council, and he brings to bear upon the treatment of his problems a breadth of outlook very rare in the previous studies of the etiology of crime. Very frequently these have been vitiated by over emphasis of selected cases, by preconceived notions as to the relative importance of heredity and environment as determinants of human conduct, by the absence of a sound anthropological and psychological basis.

The Young Delinquent.

By Prof. Cyril Burt. Pp. xx + 643. (London: University of London Press, Ltd., 1925.) 17s. 6d. net.

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