Broken Homes and Juvenile Delinquency Essay

2929 WordsDec 5, 200512 Pages
Broken Homes and Juvenile Delinquency I. Introduction 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…show more content…
The lack of intimacy at such an early stage in life is as important as vitamins to the child's health. The child becomes "affectionateless" and develops no emotional ties with other children or adults, therefore, not having an emotion for delinquent activities. Also viewed through trauma theory was the death of a parent. The child was significantly affected with the death of a mother than the father. The mother is the main person in a child's life Research found that mother's death was associated with higher risk of delinquency than father's death (Juby 24). Life course theory views delinquent behavior as many stressors accumulating and building up. The more disruptive of an event that a child experiences the more stressful and damaging will be the effects. Divorce is most widely viewed in this theory, suggesting that the younger the child is at the time of the family breakdown the higher the risk for delinquency. One question that arises is the remarriage of a parent, remarriage would act as a protective factor against delinquency because two parents are being brought back into the household. Research shows the complete opposite, with the arrival of a stepparent increased delinquency is observed. The child wants to act out against the disruptive event. Selection theory suggests the relationship between family disruption and delinquency is a
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