Being the mother, father or loved one of a child who enters the juvenile justice system can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. Often, the first reaction many parents have is fear as they suddenly become aware that their child has entered a system where they no longer have total control of what happens to them. Navigating the juvenile justice system can also be confusing and stressful and many parents feel helpless and filled with uncertainty at first. From the moment you get that knock on your door and throughout the process you will have many questions and need reliable information.
This meta-analysis of published and unpublished manuscripts was conducted to determine whether the association between parenting and delinquency exists and what the magnitude of this linkage is. Several effect sizes were moderated by parent and child gender, child age, informant on parenting, and delinquency type, indicating that some parenting behaviors are more important for particular contexts or subsamples. Although both dimensions of warmth and support seem to be important, surprisingly very few studies focused on parenting styles. Implications for theory and parenting are discussed. Parents of young people are often blamed for the delinquent behavior of their children.
The fact is there have always been a certain number of people — youth and adults — who engage in criminal behavior, since the beginning of time. In our world of technology, we hear and see it more. A teenager committing a violent act today is likely to end up on YouTube.
When it comes to curbing delinquent behavior in teenagers, a label or diagnosis does not really matter; it is not what will make a child stop drinking, fighting, or engaging in other harmful behaviors. What matters most is what will make the behaviors stop. And according to Patrick Duffy Jr.