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NCJ Number: 237480 Find in a Library
Title: Family Structure as a Social Context for Family Conflict: Unjust Strain and Serious Delinquency
Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:September 2011  Pages:332-356
Author(s): Ryan E. Spohn; Don L. Kurtz
Date Published: September 2011
Page Count: 25
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the roles of family structure and childhood victimization.
Abstract: Two major themes in the delinquency literature are the roles of family structure and childhood victimization. Combining these two lines of research, the current project examines the unique contribution of family structure and victimization on the serious delinquency of a nationally representative sample of adolescents. In addition, the authors examine whether the form of families serves to condition the relationship between victimization and delinquency. Past research indicates that abuse is more likely to occur in two-parent families of a “mixed” form, specifically in the presence of a live-in boyfriend or stepfather. However, little is known regarding the impact of victimization on delinquency across different types of family structure. Guided by a theoretical framework acknowledging that notions of justice influence the experience of victimization, our analyses indicate that, although victimization is more likely to occur in nonintact two-parent families, victimization is more likely to result in serious delinquency in intact families and single-parent families. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): Child abuse as delinquency factor; Family structure; Juvenile delinquency; Sexual assault; Single parent families; Victimization
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