The influence of family structure on delinquent behavior

Citation

Boccio, Cashen M. & Beaver, Kevin M. (2017). The influence of family structure on delinquent behavior. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

Abstract

Previous research has linked changes in family structure (especially parental divorce) with involvement in juvenile delinquency. Comparatively less research has attempted to examine the long-term impact of shifts in family structure on delinquent and criminal involvement. The current study addresses this gap in the literature by examining the influence of changes in family structure during adolescence on delinquent involvement both cross sectionally and longitudinally. Our findings revealed a small and only temporary association between changes in family structure and adolescent delinquency. We discuss the implications of these results for future research.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F1541204017727836

Keyword(s)

delinquency

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice

Author(s)

Boccio, Cashen M.
Beaver, Kevin M.

Year Published

2017

Edition

August 29, 2017

DOI

10.1177/1541204017727836

Reference ID

8105