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NCJ Number: 228239 Find in a Library
Title: (En)Gendering Responsibilities: Experiences of Parenting a Young Offender
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:48  Issue:4  Dated:September 2009  Pages:344-356
Author(s): Amanda Holt
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article outlines ways in which additional parenting tasks are practiced by the parents of young people who are involved in the youth justice system, and ways in which gender is implicated in this.
Abstract: Analysis of the 17 interviewed parents' narratives revealed the many additional tasks which come with parenting a young offender and these tasks resulted from both the young person's behavior and the consequences of the young person's involvement in the youth justice system. The additional responsibilities were gendered in particular ways which are illustrated through the consideration in the youth justice system: managing the family's involvement in the youth justice system; waiting on 'standby' from both the police and schools; and reporting the child's offending behaviors to the police. As this analysis demonstrates, parents are social actors and actively shape the way these experiences are played out through ongoing negotiations. Little research exists exploring how parenting a young offender is experienced by parents themselves. This article discusses how parenting a young offender involves specific additional responsibilities for parents who are already under scrutiny for apparently not taking their parenting responsibilities seriously. Notes and references
Main Term(s): Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): Gender issues; Home environment; Juvenile offenders; Parental attitudes; Parental influence
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