The effects of family structure on juvenile delinquency


Parks, Alisha B. (2013). The effects of family structure on juvenile delinquency.


Studies show that family structure is an important factor in explaining delinquency among adolescents (Price & Kunz, 2003). There is a lack of research, however, pertaining to cohabitation. The main goals of this study are to determine if there are variations in delinquency between cohabitating and other family types, and to examine the extent to which parental social control measures account for the variation in delinquency by family structure. Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) are used for the purposes of this study (n=4,389). While there are no significant differences in violent delinquency between cohabitating families and other family types, results indicate that adolescents from cohabitating families have a greater odds of engaging in non violent delinquency compared to those from 2 - biological - parent families, although reaching only marginal significance. This difference, however, is explained once parental social control factors are accounted for in the models.


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Department of Criminal Justice


Parks, Alisha B.

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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology




East Tennessee State University

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