Juvenile Delinquency and Single Parent Homes

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Juvenile Delinquency & Single Parent Homes

Juvenile delinquency and single parent homes is an important topic in today’s society given the fact that more and more children are growing up in a home without one parent, whether it be the mother or the father. After all the rate of divorce for first time marriages in America is about 56% and many children growing up sometimes do not even know one parent, typically the father.

I chose the subject of juvenile delinquency and single parent homes because I am the product of a single parent home. Growing up I never knew my father; he left when I was a baby. I grew up living with my mother and grandmother, two people who loved me and made sure I was well taken care of.
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A study done by the US
Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention states that out of one hundred and fifty-six victims of child sexual abuse a large number of victims came from broken or single parent homes. Twenty-seven percent of these victims lived with a stepfather or the mother’s boyfriend.
These statistics are shocking and something should be done in all honesty to protect these kids. This is not to say that sexual abuse or child abuse doesn’t occur in two parent homes because it does, but the abuse is more prevalent in single parent homes.

Because of the lack of income in a single parent home, many children in a single parent home will have less opportunity than children in a two parent home. For example, college is expensive. It helps if there are two parents to help save for college. Unfortunately many children in a single parent home do not get the opportunity to attend college due to the cost. Parents simply do not have the money for it. A typical parent’s income is spent trying to maintain a roof over the family’s head which isn’t easy to do, especially in these economic times. Many times children from single parent homes will live in “bad” neighborhoods because it’s where their parents can afford to live. These neighborhoods generally do not allow for any opportunity and will lead to possible delinquency, such as drinking, cutting school, and
“running with the
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