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NCJ Number: 182125 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of Maltreatment and Family Structure on Minor and Serious Delinquency
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:44  Issue:2  Dated:April 2000  Pages:178-193
Author(s): Cary Heck; Anthony Walsh
Editor(s): George B. Palermo M.D.
Date Published: April 2000
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the influence of maltreatment on serious violent and property delinquency and on minor misbehavior offenses among a sample of white male delinquents in Idaho.
Abstract: The study sample consisted of 489 white males processed by juvenile probation authorities in several Idaho counties. Although all files contained information on the current status of the juvenile's family structure, files in 101 cases in which homes were broken did not indicate how the home was broken. The elimination of these cases left 388 cases for analysis. Maltreatment had a greater impact on violent delinquency than type of family structure, socioeconomic status, verbal IQ, family size, or birth order. Maltreatment was the third most important variable in property crime and misbehavior categories, but in both instances maltreatment was significantly related. Even though the effects of maltreatment were small in terms of variance explained, when averaged across violent, property, and misbehavior categories, maltreatment was the most powerful predictor of overall delinquency. 44 references, 2 notes, and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Male juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Abused children; Caucasian/White Americans; Child abuse; Child victims; Crimes against children; Home environment; Idaho; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile victims; Parent-Child Relations; Property crimes; Serious juvenile offenders; Violent juvenile offenders
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