Juvenile Delinquency In Canada

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Literature Review Many juvenile delinquents are products of the single- parent families. “The family may be seen as the cornerstone of society” (as cited by Ronald Regan), and the way the family functions will be reflected in society. Functionalist, George peter Murdock defined the family as “a social group characterized by common residence, economic cooperation and reproduction. It includes adults of both sexes, at least two of whom have a socially approved sexual relationship, and one or more own or adopted children” (Mustapha, 2009). Murdock and Parsons believed that the nuclear family was the most appropriate family structure as it provided the four basic functions which were ‘companionship and sexual gratification,’ in which the family develop intimate relationships and control sex drives, ‘reproductive functions,’ to ensure the continuation of life and ‘socialization,’ which is where the child learns the norms and values of society at an early age. However, while…show more content…
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