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NCJ Number: 90230 Find in a Library
Title: Confronting the Social Isolation of Multiproblem Families (From National Symposium on Victimology - Proceedings, P 337-342, 1982, P N Grabosky, ed. - See NCJ-90209)
Author(s): E C Dax
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This study examines the common characteristics of multiproblem families in Australia, their connection with crime, and some approaches that may remedy their criminogenic influence.
Abstract: Multiproblem families are generally large, without fathers, highly mobile, of low income, plagued by unemployment among its adult members, characterized by violent behavior among family members, and living in overcrowded accommodations. Their dependency on social services, their poor standard of living, and their lack of social graces make them unpopular in middle-class communities, such that they are alienated from representatives of normative lifestyles, encouraging low self-esteem and compensatory deviant behavior. The deviant behavior tends to take the form of violence, unrestrained behavior (particularly under the influence of alcohol), and an obsession with powerful cars. They tend to be involved in assaults, car theft, traffic offenses, vandalism, and abusive behavior associated with excessive use of alcohol. Efforts to decrease the social isolation of multiproblem families could include the establishment of a single government department to embrace all the handicaps generally characterizing such families, the creation of special education programs that recognize the cultural retardation of the children of such families, and the adoption of a program of birth control to limit problems stemming from overcrowded accommodations and child abuse and neglect.
Index Term(s): Australia; Family intervention programs; Home environment; Juvenile delinquency factors
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