‘I blame the parents’: analysing support for the deficient household social capital transmission thesis

Alan Collins, Joe Cox, Alan Leonard

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Abstract

This article explores belief in parental deficiency as a causal factor of youth anti-social behaviour and crime. Empirical interrogation of household interview data from a UK city considers whether there is widespread support for blaming parents. Somewhat surprisingly, lower income households and those containing young people, are found to be more likely to consider parental responsibility a problem. Most notably, a tendency to blame the parents strongly associates with a perception that people in the area do not treat each other with respect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-156
JournalThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Volume54
Issue number2
Early online date9 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Keywords

  • parental responsibility
  • anti social behavior
  • blame
  • youth offending
  • juvenile delinquency

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