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NCJ Number: 212150 Find in a Library
Title: Viability of Parental Accountability: Perceptions of Key Juvenile Justice Workers in Two Southern States
Journal: Journal for Juvenile Justice Services  Volume:19  Issue:1, 2  Dated:2004  Pages:85-98
Author(s): Kate Warner Ph.D.; Joanna Bruni Cannon Ph.D.
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 14
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined juvenile justice personnel's perceptions of laws that impose legal liability on parents for the delinquency of their children.
Abstract: Parental accountability laws permit a broad spectrum of consequences for parents of delinquents, including parenting classes, family therapy, community service, fines, suspension of driver's licenses, eviction from public housing, and even imprisonment. The current exploratory research examined the perceptions of such parental accountability held by juvenile justice personnel in Georgia and Florida. Questionnaires were sent to juvenile judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and administrators. Out of 746 surveys mailed, 173 completed questionnaires were returned (25-percent response rate). Although low, researchers deemed the response rate sufficient for exploratory research. Key research questions solicited opinions on the relationship between parenting, responsibility, and delinquency, as well as whether parental accountability laws show promise. The findings were similar to the attitudes identified in the literature review of parental accountability laws. Respondents believed there was a strong relationship between parenting and delinquency. More than 80 percent believed that at least some of the responsibility for delinquency lies with parents; however, many of the respondents, while viewing parental accountability as a reasonable policy, were uneasy about sanctioning parents for their children's delinquent behavior. There were concerns expressed about the unintended outcomes, fairness, and the logistics of implementing parental accountability laws. Issues to consider in framing and assessing parental accountability policies are discussed. 29 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice personnel attitudes
Index Term(s): Florida; Georgia (USA); Juvenile justice policies; Parental liability
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