Aftermath of Apprehension: Family Lawyer’s Response

It is contended here that Gold and Williams’ statement of their thesis in National Study of the Aftermath of Apprehension that “apprehension itself encourages rather than deters further delinquency” is not what their research proves. The research proves rather that the revelation of the apprehension to the delinquent’s parents without the consent of the youth apprehended is the real cause of the youth’s further delinquency. Stated more precisely, it is the attitude of the parents towards the youth who has been apprehended by the police which is the critical factor in encouraging or deterring the youth from further delinquency.