How Does Family Structure Affect Juvenile Delinquency?

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There have been many studies conducted to correlate the family structure and how it may or may not affect juvenile delinquency (Sheehan, 2010). This is because the structure of a family is a very popular choice to explain delinquent behavior. What is interesting, to me, is how the general public rejects much of the scholarly research, which shows that juvenile delinquency has been on the decline (Sheehan, 2010). In fact, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice shows that juveniles who have been incarcerated has been cut in half from 1980 through 2004 (Sheehan, 2010). However, data from 2008 and 2009 shows that juvenile delinquency is still an issue today. In 2008, there were well over 6000 arrests for every 100,000 youths and in 2009,
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