‘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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