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Causes Of Anti Social Behaviour

Updated on October 31, 2011

Main Causes Of Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is a blight on society and it affects millions worldwide in the poorest and poverty stricken areas the most, in particular in Council Estates in the United Kingdom. Anti-social behaviour accounts for up to nearly 80% of a type of crime that affects normal, decent residents and Council Housing tenants in the UK. Vandalism and noise and nuisance are the leaders when you think of anti-social behaviours and they are usually caused by young people 18-24 years of age or there abouts.

So what are the causes of anti-social behaviour and what can be done about it? Well the main causes are young people get bored and have nothing better to do through not being able or bothered to use any youth centre initiatives because they have been conditioned by their Parents not to undertake such activities as they never did anything of the sort when they was their ages. Often is the case that Teenagers grow up in this day and age accustomed to violence or a new society order with all the things that these young adults can be spoiled by through choice, of course we are in an age recession which doesn't help and jobs are hard to come by.

Self esteem and Confidence are two main factors why these ant-social rejects commit mild acts of crime and vandalism and generally become a nuisance to others, from throwing stones at windows to drinking alcohol on street corners. These young adults aren't really contributing to society when they do the loser stuff and start to behave in an inappropriate manner towards decent hard working people or those who may not work but certainly don't act like that!

Really it should start with the Parents and filter out through School and the education system to seek out opportunities to not hang around on street corners or treat others with disrespect. After school clubs are often a great idea and even local community centres which might have extra activities in the evening after school too, not many people know that these types of things exist and they feel like there is nothing to do when they leave school during the week.

Definitely the problem is with how certain Parents are as this often passes through the next generation and could become even worse for the young men and women and realistically there is no easy solution except for the young people to realise that there is more to life and in fact a good mentor is an essential part of school life or even if they have older Brothers or Sisters who might have turned their life around somewhat can be good role models for these young people trying to find their way in the world.

A good role model can provide support in a way that anyone else couldn't if they didn't have the time. They can boost confidence and motivate young people to fit into life better, usually through the form of an interest, Hobby or Sport so that this holds their interest and enthuses them to follow through with achieving something and also believing in themselves.

The world can seem a brighter place when you have someone to look up to or something to look forward to that can propel you forward and help bring around positive results.

Cause Of Anti-Social Behaviour

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      6 years ago

      You talk a lot about "anti-social behaviour" but do not trouble to define it. Britain has become more paranoid and intolerant over the last 15 years. Behaviour that is not remotely criminal is castigated as "anti-social". Attempted suicides are given as ASBOs and sent to prison when when they attenpt suicide - did we not decriminalise suicide in 1961? But thanks to the ASBO we can criminalise all sorts of behaviour that more sensible and humane legislators thought it not in the public interest to treat as criminal. A pensioner got an ASBO for 'sarcasm'. Is this what our justice system is reduced to?

      I date this nastiness to the coming of New Labour and its vicious contempt for civil liberties and human rights. If people are engaged in 'anti-social behaviour' that is actually criminal then prosecute them. But the use of that term has degraded justice and has meant that annoying and but essentially harmless people are criminalised when hardened thugs just laugh off their ASBO.

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      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Well said Waynet, I agree, the world is a better place with someone to look up to. Does the end of that last sentence contain a dangling participle? I'm unsure, but I am sure that lower self esteem is most likely the main cause of antisocial behavior.



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      Asahda Shavaja Poet of the New Age 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Children are like blank slates and are easily influenced by their environments. These behaviors begin harmless often being overlooked by caregivers and mentors and as these children become adults, they are unable to cope with the changes necessary associated with this destructive behavior. Some wake up others spiral down hill and end up committing acts of violence or crimes. Not all bullies commit crimes later in life. Great hub. voting up. Blessings

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      One point must be made. "Self-esteem" is not a factor. Prisons are full of people with high self-esteem. Most say they "got a bum rap."

      The issue is when people do not have "self-concept" - when they do not know who they are... troubles begin.

      When people join groups where they lose their indentities and become part of a mob... Self esteem is not a factor. If they knew who they were, they would start from there...

      To solve a problem, one must first define the problem. If people do not have an understanding of who they are, how are they going to relate and improve themselves or others?

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      7 years ago from USA

      Great hub on a difficult topic. I agree that parenting and faulty or non-existant role models have a lot to do with it. A society that lets them get away with it also has a lot to do with it, maybe it's time for some "tough-love"

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      7 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      This is a great hub. There are many reasons for antisocial behavior ranging from poverty to some people being sociopaths. There are people who have no conscious nor remorse regarding the issue of right and wrong. Sociopaths often commit egregious acts and feel no remorse for them. Think of children who are school bullies.


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