skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 155928 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and the Family: Improving Child-Rearing and Preventing Delinquency
Author(s): D Utting; J Bright; C Henricson
Corporate Author: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
United Kingdom

Crime Concern
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 85
Sponsoring Agency: Crime Concern
Swindon, SN5 7UN
Family Policy Studies Centre
London, NW1 6XE, England
National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
London, SW9 0PU
Publication Number: ISBN 0-907051-65-0
Sale Source: Family Policy Studies Centre
231 Bakers Street
London, NW1 6XE,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The question of how best to discipline children and the connection between delinquency and the family are examined in relation to juvenile crime prevention.
Abstract: Juvenile delinquency studies in Great Britain indicate that the roots of delinquency primarily lie within the family. Children whose families suffer financial and environmental poverty are clearly at greater risk than children whose parents have the income to provide them with a comfortable home. Yet, social deprivation alone does not explain juvenile delinquency; factors within the caregiving environment can modify the influence of poverty and disadvantage. Specifically, adequate parental supervision and other appropriate parenting techniques can protect against juvenile criminality. Myths and realities of "delinquent families" are discussed, as well as the scope of crime prevention initiatives based on family support and ways that families, schools, and communities can work together to reduce the risk of juvenile delinquency. Relevant legislation in Great Britain is reviewed, including the Children Act of 1989 and the Criminal Justice Act of 1991, and policy options and recommendations are offered to prevent juvenile delinquency. References, footnotes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Criminology; Discipline; Family support; Foreign police; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Parent education; Parent-Child Relations; Parental influence
Note: Family Policy Studies Centre Occasional Paper 16
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.