Broken Homes Essay

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Delinquency 1

The “Broken Home” or Broken Society A Sociological Study of Family Structure and Juvenile Delinquency

By

Hillary R. Sheehan Advised by Professor Chris Bickel

SocS 461, 462 Senior Project Social Science Department College of Liberal Arts CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY Winter, 2010

© 2010 Hillary Sheehan

Delinquency 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Research Proposal…………………………………………………………………………3 Annotated Bibliography…………………………………………………………………...5 Outline……………………………………………………………………………………10 Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………..14 Introduction………………………………………………………………………………15 The “Broken Home”: Truth or Trend……………………………………………15 Statistics on Single-Parent Families and Juvenile
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Finding out the causes and or triggers of such behavior is what I’m really interested in. After researching the history, causes and statistics of juvenile delinquency a better understanding can be reached. I want to find a few case studies that will aid in making the topic of my paper stronger. My intent is to find some existing data on juvenile delinquency and perform a secondary analysis on this topic to see if I can answer my hypothesis which I think will be, “Singleparents are not more likely to have their adolescent children involved in delinquency, than are two biological, married parents.” At this point I will need to take a look at some theories to explain this problem from a sociological or criminologist perspective.

Delinquency 4 The main goal of the project is to become more knowledgeable about juvenile delinquency in general to aid me in my career goal of becoming a probation officer or social worker.

Delinquency 5 Annotated Bibliography Adams, M S, Robertson, C T, Gray-Ray, P., & Ray, M C (Spring 2003). Labeling and delinquency Adolescence, 38, 149. p.171(16). The authors investigate the association of delinquency to symbolic interaction theories as well as the labeling theory. They conclude that delinquency is related to labeling in that youth who receive negative labels are more likely to be involved in delinquent behavior. They emphasize the fact that peer groups have a big impact on criminal involvement. This work will be

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