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

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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
Issue number2
Early online date9 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - May 2015


  • LEONARDj_2014_cright_HJCJ_I blame the parents

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