The Effects Of Family Conflict On Boys

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Introduction The engagement in criminal behavior, and other behaviors that go against the community norms have long since been termed as delinquency. The term has also been used to label those who are engaging in criminal behavior prior to adulthood: juvenile delinquency. Researchers have made numerous attempts to understand why juveniles become delinquent in the first place.
Literature Review Ever since the mid-20th century, an ever growing number of divorces and strained family relationships has increased the pressures felt by the children affected by this dilemma, thus increasing the chances of juvenile delinquency. Due to the parallel increase in both of these issues, research into whether they are linked was deemed necessary. As most research throughout history has been conducted, the researchers in this case chose to view the effects of family strife on boys instead of both genders. Juvenile delinquency can stem from many outside influences. That being said, juvenile delinquency can be linked towards those who have a great influence over the upbringing and moral responsibilities instilled into juveniles. Parents have the ultimate responsibility to instill values in their children, and any problematic behaviors within the family structure can increase the chances a juvenile will engage in deviant behavior. Vanassche, Sodermans, Matthijs, and Swicegood, (2014) indicate the strain caused by the broken home can create parent/child conflict which in and of…
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