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NCJ Number: 173370 Find in a Library
Title: Influences of Early Childhood Experiences on Subsequent Criminally Violent Behavior
Journal: Studies on Crime and Crime Prevention  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:1997  Pages:35-51
Author(s): D J Stevens
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 17
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Norway
Annotation: One hundred eighty-nine violent inmates and 124 nonviolent inmates at a maximum-security prison in New York were surveyed in 1993 to determine whether parental quarreling can lead a child to future violent crime.
Abstract: The participants volunteered for the study and provided self-reports. Results revealed a strong relationship between violent offenders and parental quarreling experiences in childhood, especially in female rule-enforcing families. In addition, the violent offenders selected responses suggestive of parental secrets and experiences relating to childhood injuries more often than the nonviolent offenders did. The violent offenders were more likely than the nonviolent offenders to have lived in settings in which they lived in fear most of the time. Findings suggested that parents who continually quarrel steer a child to immediate gratification and loss of self-control, thereby inclining that child toward future violence. Therefore, early family intervention can be one method of curbing the rise of violent crime. However, more research is needed regarding quality family intervention and subsequent law-abiding behavior. Tables, footnotes, and 67 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Child abuse as crime factor; Domestic assault; Domestic relations; Family crisis; Inmate attitudes; New York; Violence causes; Violent offenders
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