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NCJ Number: 115423 Find in a Library
Title: Exploratory Study of the Connection of Mother's Age at Childbearing to her Children's Delinquency in Four Data Sets
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:35  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1989)  Pages:45-93
Author(s): M Marash; L Rucker
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 49
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In response to recent findings of a connection between mother's age at her first child's birth and her children's delinquency, knowledge of the increasing number of early childbearing mothers, and policy recommendations to confront related issues, the present article reports on an exploratory analysis of four data sets to document and understand the association.
Abstract: Although in some subgroups mother's age is related to delinquency, the relationship is heavily conditioned by presence of the child's father. The indirect effects of mother's age through biological, family dynamic, family size and structure, and community-level variables are also examined. Results are discussed separately for different racial and ethnic groups when the data allow. Conclusions include both recommendations for future research and a discussion of delinquency prevention policy. (Author abstract) 69 references.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency research
Index Term(s): Family histories; Juvenile delinquency theory
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