- Revisiting Lombroso
- Biology and Crime
- Parenting and Crime
- The Psychology of Criminal Conduct
- Risk Factors and Crime
- Social Learning and Crime
- Hirschi’s Criminology
- General Strain and Urban Youth Violence
- Social Support and Crime
- Life-Course-Persistent Offenders
- Change in Offending across the Life Course
- Two Approaches to Developmental/Life-Course Theorizing
- Peer Networks and Crime
- Contemporary Gang Ethnographies
- Girls, Friends, and Delinquency
- Gender and Theories of Delinquency
- Neighborhood Ties, Control, and Crime
- Community, Inequality, and Crime
- Street Culture and Crime
- The Code of the Suburb and Drug Dealing
- Social Institutions and Crime
- The Market Economy and Crime
- Immigration and Crime
- Choosing Street Crime
- Choosing White-Collar Crime
- Emotions, Choice, and Crime
- Routine Activity Theory
- The Theory of Target Search
- Crime Places and Place Management
- Multilevel Criminal Opportunity
- Coercion and Crime
- Green Criminology
- Perceptual Deterrence Theory
- The Effects of Imprisonment
- Coercive Mobility
Abstract and Keywords
Western culture has a very high regard for parenting. The belief that parents have the power to shape, mold, and develop their children is based on tradition born out of experience, the influence of Christian beliefs about the sanctity of family and parents, and political forces on the left and right. In criminology, the “cause and cure” for crime has also been linked to the complex dynamics of the family. Parenting works two ways: it is a cause of, and a cure for, crime. This article examines the evidence that links parental socialization efforts to child and adolescent problem behavior. It also offers an alternative view on the limits of parenting and proposes a series of theoretical and empirical reasons that should temper some of the more overarching claims about the role of parents in the delinquency of their children.
John Paul Wright is Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.
Kevin M. Beaver is Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.
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