CitationDiana, Koshenova; Yerlan, Turgumbaev; Rima, Dzhansarayeva; Meruert, Bissenova; Gulnaz, Alayeva; & Beaver, Kevin M. (2023). Parental criminality as an extralegal biasing factor in being processed through the criminal justice system. Journal of Criminal Justice. vol. 86
AbstractPurpose Findings from a long line of research have shown that having a criminal parent is related to numerous negative and maladaptive outcomes. Of these negative outcomes, offspring criminal behavior has been among the most commonly examined and most consistently detected associations. Interestingly, research to date has failed to fully unpack this association and examine whether parental criminality is used as an extralegal and biasing factor that could trap offspring of criminal parents in the criminal justice system. Methods The current study sought to address this possibility by analyzing data drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. Results Analyses of these data revealed that, for males, having a criminal father was associated with increased risk for being arrested, convicted, and incarcerated even after controlling for low self-control, self-reported delinquency, exposure to delinquent peers, and parental socialization. For females, having a criminal mother and having a criminal father conferred increased risk for all three of these criminal justice processing variables. Conclusions This study provides some evidence that parental criminality may have a biasing effect on being processed through the criminal justice system.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Criminal Justice
Beaver, Kevin M.