Are The Major Causes Of Juvenile Crime Lack Of Parenting?

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Are the Major Causes of Juvenile Crime Lack of Parenting? “I think we attribute it [juvenile crime] to parents who need to pay more attention to their children,” Columbia County Juvenile Judge Doug Flanagan stated, “The problem almost always starts at home” (Mirshak 1). Simply not meeting a child’s emotional, mental, or physical needs can fall under the umbrella of “lack of parenting”; neglectful or abusive parenting is a definite example of a lack of parenting that can cause juvenile crime. Juvenile delinquency or crime usually refers to the violation of a law by a juvenile or minor (Gibbons 1). Parenting styles and crime rates are especially related when considering the criminal and antisocial behaviors of children and teens. The tight bond between the type and quality of parenting a child exhibits, the behavior a child exhibits, and juvenile crime is alarmingly apparent in American society; it seems that parents, society, and the government need to set limits or standards to eliminate the lack of parenting that causes juvenile crime. It seems children and teens with absent or single parents are likely to follow more negative than positive paths of life. “The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported not long ago that 70 percent of the juveniles in state reform institutions grew up in single-parent or no-parent families” (Zinsmeister 3). Undoubtedly, a lack of traditional family structure could be to blame for juvenile crime. A study of seventy-two juvenile murderers discovered that seventy-five percent came from single-parent homes (Zinsmeister 3). What seems to be the underlying problem? This issue could possibly concern the time, energy, and teaching children receive from only one parent, instead of two; some children do not rece... ... middle of paper ... shows it has many health and psychological benefits for the newborn. The technique helps to build trust, which is essential in all relationships and what is lacking in many parent-child relationships today. Evidence suggests emotions and behaviors are built at birth through contact with parents: “The baby learns to trust. He learns that human contact is the great good that ensures his continued existence. He learns to care about other people. He comes to care where his mother is and how she responds to him. Eventually, he will care what his mother thinks of him. This process lays the groundwork for the development of the conscience; caring what she thinks of him allows him to internalize her standards of good conduct… without even considering punishments or approval, his internal voice reminds him, ‘We don 't do that sort of thing.’ He has a conscience” (Morse 4).
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