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NCJ Number: 67101 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: INTRAFAMILY CONFLICT AND DELINQUENCY
Journal: PACIFIC SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:(APRIL 1979)  Pages:223-240
Author(s): S NORLAND; N SHOVER; W E THORNTON; I JAMES
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Washington, DC 20203
Grant Number: MH27435
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: USING SELF-REPORT DATA, THE STUDY EXAMINED EFFECTS OF FAMILY CONFLICT ON FEMALE DELINQUENTS COMPARED TO MALES, AND VARIABLES THAT INFLUENCE THE DIRECT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HOME CONFLICT AND DELINQUENCY.
Abstract: MANY SOCIOLOGISTS CONTEND THAT FAMILY CONFLICT HAS A GREATER IMPACT ON FEMALE DELINQUENTS THAN MALES BECAUSE GIRLS ARE MORE INVOLVED IN HOME LIFE AND DEPENDENT ON IT FOR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT. THE DIRECT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FAMILY CONFLICT AND DELINQUENCY HAS BEEN DEBATED BY THEORISTS WHO MAINTAIN THAT ADDITIONAL VARIABLES, SUCH AS PARENTAL SUPERVISION, PRODUCE DELINQUENCY. QUESTIONNAIRES WERE COMPLETED BY APPROXIMATELY 1,000 STUDENTS IN GRADES 8 THROUGH 12 FROM 10 SCHOOLS IN A LARGE SOUTHEASTERN CITY. FEMALE RESPONDENTS COMPOSED 54 PERCENT OF THE SAMPLE, WITH ABOUT ONE-THIRD NONWHITE. VARIOUS SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS WERE REPRESENTED. PARTICIPANTS REPORTED DELINQUENT ACTS COMMITTED DURING THE PRECEDING YEAR, CATEGORIZED INTO STATUS OFFENSES, PROPERTY OFFENSES, AND AGGRESSIVE DELINQUENCY. ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS MEASURED FAMILY CONFLICT, PARENTAL SUPERVISION, IDENTIFICATION WITH PARENTS, PERSPECTIVES TOWARD RULES AND LAW, AND PEER SUPPORT FOR DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR. THE DATA WERE STUDIED WITH PATH ANALYTIC TECHNIQUES TO DIVIDE FAMILY CONFLICT INTO DIRECT AND INDIRECT COMPONENTS. THE TOTAL EFFECTS OF FAMILY CONFLICT FOR ALL OFFENSES WERE GREATER FOR FEMALES THAN MALES. HOWEVER, DIRECT EFFECTS OF FAMILY CONFLICT ON PROPERTY AND AGGRESSIVE OFFENSES WERE GREATER FOR MALES. ALTHOUGH THE RESEARCH PROVIDED SUPPORT FOR SOME TRADITIONAL IDEAS ABOUT MALE AND FEMALE DELINQUENCY, THE FINDINGS SUGGEST THAT THE INFLUENCE OF FAMILY RELATIONS ON MALE DELINQUENTS HAS BEEN UNDERESTIMATED. THE STUDY ALSO DEMONSTRATED THAT BELIEFS IN LAW AND PEER RELATIONSHIPS ARE IMPORTANT FACTORS IN FEMALE DELINQUENCY, CHALLENGING THE THEORIES THAT FAMILY PROBLEMS ARE THE PRINCIPAL CAUSES OF FEMALE DELINQUENCY. TABLES, FOOTNOTES AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--MJM)
Index Term(s): Domestic relations; Female juvenile delinquents; Home environment; Juvenile delinquency factors; Male juvenile delinquents
Note: THIS STUDY WAS PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS, SAN FRANCISCO, 1978
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