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  NCJ Number: NCJ 178285     Find in a Library
  Title: Family Disruption and Delinquency
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  Author(s): Terence P. Thornberry ; Carolyn A. Smith ; Craig Rivera ; David Huizinga ; Magda Stouthamer-Loeber
  Date Published: 1999
  Page Count: 6
  Series: OJJDP Youth Development Series
  Annotation: This study examines the relationship between family disruption and delinquency.
  Abstract: Four thousand participants in three American cities were interviewed at regular intervals for a decade and their lives were recorded in detail. There was a consistent relationship between a greater number of family transitions and a higher level of delinquency and drug use. The magnitude of the differences between youth with no family transitions and those with many family transitions was similar across the three cities, and the relationship was statistically significant in two cities. Additional information is needed on children who thrive despite several changes in family circumstances. Research on the aftermath of conflict and divorce suggests a number of protective factors, including academic and social competence and structured school environments, that can promote resilience in adolescents who experience family transitions. Figures, references
  Main Term(s): Juveniles
  Index Term(s): Family crisis ; Marital problems ; Juvenile delinquency factors ; Home environment ; Juvenile delinquency prevention ; Domestic relations ; Environmental influences ; Juvenile Delinquent-nondelinquent comparisons ; Family histories
  Sponsoring Agency: National Science Foundation
United States of America

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America

National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America

National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America
  Grant Number: 96-MU-FX-0014; 96-MU-FX-0012; 96-MU-FX-0017;
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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