The Effects Of Parental Involvement On Children And Parental Criminal History

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Abstract
This paper will discuss the effects that families and parents have on their children and parental criminal history in particular. Data suggests that family relations have a substantial impact on juveniles and their criminal paths (Agnew and Brezina 2012). Children who are raised by parents with a criminal history and/or have a parent missing due to criminal involvement are usually more prone to become involved in juvenile delinquency themselves. This paper will discuss and site studies conducted to prove this point and will discuss the four major sociological theories: social learning theory, control theory, strain theory, and labeling theory, to support these findings. This paper will ask the question the effect of parental involvement to a juvenile’s future and ask the question, are juveniles with distance or incarcerated parents more prone to delinquency themselves? If so, how do the four major sociological theories support this statement?

Juvenile delinquency is defined as criminal acts committed by someone of the juvenile age, or under 21 (citation?). It is believed that juveniles have characteristics or factors in their lives that lead them to perform these delinquent acts. These factors leading to delinquency could include social life, peers, parents with criminal past, school life, or even the controls placed on them by higher authorities or lack thereof. However, the family is one of the most influential groups a person has in one’s life. This…
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