Family Structure And Juvenile Delinquency

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Now it seems that early exposure to crime is increasing the number of crimes committed by minors. Family structure can affect juvenile delinquency in numerous ways. The independent variable is family structure and the dependent variable is juvenile delinquency. Home environment plays a role in the production of juvenile delinquency.

Kierkus and Hewitt (2009) in The Contextual Nature of the Family Structure/Delinquency relationship discussed how family structure is an important factor in delinquency but there might also be other factors that influence this type of behavior. The relationship between a nontraditional family structure and delinquency differs according to six distinct circumstances: gender, race, age, socioeconomic status (SES), family size, and place of residence (Kierkus and Hewitt, 2009). After analyzing these circumstances only age and family size affect more the family structure/delinquency relationship considering teens who suffered from parental attachment are older and come from larger families (Kierkus and Hewitt, 2009). Researchers before have focused on one or two issues dealing with family structure and delinquency (Kierkus and Hewitt, 2009). Studies have dealt with family structure, family configuration, divorce, father absence, or similar disputes (Kierkus and Hewitt, 2009). Most researchers did not conduct formal studies for interactions between family structure and other variables. For instance, one might think a broken home, extended
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