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NCJ Number: 136550 Find in a Library
Title: Parent-Child-Relations and Daily Life of Delinquents
Journal: Reports of the National Research Institute of Police Science  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(December 1991)  Pages:91-107
Author(s): A Uchiyama; S Amano
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Annotation: The central hypothesis tested by this Japanese study is that the process of habit formation provides children with opportunities to learn social rules through interactions between parents and children; the hypothesis was tested by an examination of whether or not delinquent children tend to have fewer experiences of these behaviors.
Abstract: Subjects of this study consisted of two groups of mother-child pairs. The group of nondelinquent pairs included 200 elementary school children and 282 junior high school students. The other group involved delinquent pairs that consisted of 119 elementary school children and 495 junior high school students. Subjects were queried about the frequency of their experiences of 18 daily-life behaviors. The study also determined whether or not children were able to perform 11 self-controlled habits by themselves. The daily-life behaviors were related to food, clothing, and cleaning and arrangement. Both children and mothers in the delinquent group had fewer experiences in daily life related to food, clothing, and cleaning and arrangement. The nondelinquents thus had a greater variety of daily-life experiences than delinquents. The delinquent children perceived their mothers as being more severe than did the mothers themselves. A smaller proportion of delinquents had formed self-control habits compared to nondelinquents. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Juvenile Delinquent-nondelinquent comparisons
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