skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 77660 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse - A Contributing Factor to Delinquency
Author(s): J Lowen
Corporate Author: University of Washington
JD 45 National Ctr for the Assessment of Delinquent Behavior and Its
United States of Americ
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
US Dept of Justice
Grant Number: 77-JN-99-0017
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Studies bearing upon the relationship between child abuse and juvenile delinquent behavior are reviewed, and recommendations for preventing juvenile delinquency are offered.
Abstract: Studies indicate that inadequate parenting, including aggression against the child, neglect of nurturing needs, and an absence of consistent discipline; a deprived environment (poor housing, inadequate nutrition, etc.); out-of-home placement; and the absence of a consistent caregiver are factors which strongly correlate with juvenile deviant behavior. Based upon research findings, the report recommends that support services be provided to children experiencing abuse and neglect, as well as to their families; that the effects of removing children from the home be evaluated before removal; that the feasibility of offering 'parenting' courses in the schools be investigated to increase the awareness of the substantial responsibilities of parenthood; that national standards for agencies providing service to children be established; that uniform codes regarding grounds for removing a child from parental custody be developed; and that culturally-sanctioned physical force in all institutional settings be eliminated. Over 80 references are cited. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Child abuse; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.