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Title: Family Life and Delinquency and Crime: A Policymakers' Guide to the Literature
Author(s): K N Wright; K E Wright
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 65
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Literature Review; Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This monograph reviews the research literature on the extent to which family life may directly contribute to the development of delinquent and criminal tendencies.
Abstract: The report is divided into two primary sections. The first section examines how negative parental involvement or parental noninvolvement with their children may lead to juvenile delinquency. The second section discusses how family-life involvement by an adult criminal or an adult at high risk for criminal activities may inhibit the likelihood of criminal activities. The study draws three conclusions about the continuity of offense patterns across the life course. First, the research demonstrates that behavioral problems during childhood predict subsequent delinquency and criminality. Some of these behavioral problems apparently stem from various forms of parental/family involvement. Children rejected by parents are among the most likely to become delinquent; marital discord and conflict as well as child abuse correlate with delinquency. A child with criminal parents faces a greater likelihood of becoming a delinquent than children with law-abiding parents. Second, although behavioral problems in childhood apparently predict delinquency, most juvenile offenders subsequently stop such behavior. Third, the road to criminality is complex and contains multiple pathways. 317 references
Main Term(s): Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prediction; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Parental influence
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