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NCJ Number: 227857 Find in a Library
Title: Ojibway Adolescent Time Spent with Parents/Elders as Related to Delinquency and Court Adjudication Experiences
Journal: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:Fall 1990  Pages:53-63
Author(s): Darryl Zitzow Ph.D.
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 11
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether the amount of time American Indian adolescents (ages 12-18) spend with their families with parents/elders present and the existence of family dysfunction (substance abuse, domestic abuse, and negative well-being within the family) were linked with adolescent delinquency and court adjudication.
Abstract: The study found that the amount and quality of time that Indian youth spent with their families were significantly linked to self-reports of delinquent behaviors and court encounters that resulted in legal dispositions. Ninety-four respondents were randomly selected from a rural Indian reservation that included 6 separate communities. The final sample represented nearly 22 percent of the total population available within the reservation. A survey was developed and administered in the respondets' schools or within the homes of those who were no longer in school. Respondets were asked to calculate the quantity of time spent with their families when an adult or elder was present, as well as away from the family. Additional Likert-format questions assessed the respondent's quality of family time through questions about family alcohol use and drug use, domestic abuse, and negative well-being. 1 figure, 3 tables, and 9 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): American Indians; Comparative analysis; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Parent-Child Relations; Parental influence
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