Juvenile Delinquency Essay

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JUVENILE DELINQUENCY: FAMILY STRUCTURE Juveniles are thought to be mischievous, almost expected to be in trouble. Realizing and understand what is too far is a major factor. Any action has consequences, but the measure of recidivism is what determines a delinquent from simple mischief. Broken homes seem to have hardship written all over it. The link between a broken home and delinquency are strongly believed. Much controversy resides in what is thought to be a broken home and what defines a family. Many different definitions fit these words. It just seems logically to conclude that a broken home leads to delinquent acts. A broken home can result in economic hardships, loss of some affection, adequate supervision that is provided by two parents, and easier chance to develop relationships with delinquents. Police are involved with crimes even more so with broken family children, with the fact of coming from a low income home and seeing that a child could continue down that path. Investigating more with police might be a link to broken homes and delinquency. Many research studies support the theory of broken homes correlating with delinquency. I would like to focus on a few separate areas as it relates to broken homes; divorces, single-parent families, and working mothers with children under age 18. The research findings on divorce and delinquency have been mixed. Overall, however, there is general support for the argument that children of divorce are more likely to be delinquent. For example, a 1994 study by Furstenberg and Teitler looks at the effects of marital disruption before and after the actual act of separation through divorce that may influence a child‘s development. They found that in marriages that are disrupted, parents may have higher levels of conflict, be more prone to economic stress and meager parenting practices. The study suggests that exposure
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