Juvenile delinquency : do family relationship provides clues to the origin of adolescent antisocial behaviour

Cobbler, R. C. (2015) Juvenile delinquency : do family relationship provides clues to the origin of adolescent antisocial behaviour. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Over the years the increasing rate of delinquent behaviour by adolescents has prompted criminologists and sociologists to focus considerable attention on trying to determine the factors which predisposes adolescents to become engaged in antisocial behaviour. Consequently, significant emphasis has been placed on the relationship between family characteristics and delinquency by the youth. Increasingly, theory and research have asserted that juvenile delinquency is strongly associated with family life, and that there is a nexus between delinquent behaviour and certain types of parenting practices. In this regard, the overall aim of this dissertation is to investigate the relationship between juvenile delinquency and specific parenting practices, namely parental monitoring, discipline and support/affection.
    The research was conducted by utilising a questionnaire survey of forty three (43) adolescents who were incarcerated at the lone juvenile detention centre in Barbados, the Government Industrial School (GIS), to collect data for analysis and comparison with existing research.
    The main finding from this study suggests that there is no relationship between parenting practices and juvenile delinquency.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 16:45
    Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 16:45
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/19864

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