Explaining Ethan Couch

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Ethan Couch (pictured on p.25 of
your e-text) is the teenager whose drunk driving killed 4 people in 2013.  His case caused public outrage because of the
seriousness of his conduct, his lack of remorse, and lightness of his sentence –
private residential drug treatment
and 10 years on probation.  At Couch’s
original trial, a psychologist hired by his defense team famously testified that the teen was a product
of “affluenza” and was unable to link his bad behavior
with consequences because of his parents teaching him that wealth buys
privilege.  Couch recently made headlines
for a second time, when he violated his terms of probation and fled with
his mother to Mexico to avoid imprisonment.

In this assignment, you are to find out as much as you can
about the personal life of Ethan Couch: his childhood, family and peer relations,
school experiences, history of substance abuse, etc.  Then review your eText,  Chapters 3, 4 and 5,  and select ONE theory of delinquency that
best explains Couch’s behavior.   (You might even consider a parallel to “Affluenza
Theory” among the many choices.)  Articulate why
the facts you learned about Couch fit this particular theory.  Be
sure to use reliable sources (not
Wikipedia or sensationalized websites
) and cite them according to APA
format. Instructions for APA citation can be found in “Course Information.”  The assignment must be at least 600 words in
length and is due at the end of Week 5.

Please use text Juvenile Delinquency: The Core

and read BioSocial theory Chpt 3 pg 75