Cjs240 Gender and Family Essay
March 4, 2012
Wk 4 Gender and Family
How does gender affect delinquency?
It can be said the males make up the vast majority of the prison population. It can also be said that men are just plain different than women when it comes to ethics, morals, and violence. Whether gender has any influence on whether or not a crime is committed is not fully understood, but there are many theories.
What are some current explanations for gender differences as they relate to delinquency? * * There are many views and theories as to if and how gender affects delinquency. One of the major theories is the gender-schema theory which basically states that society influences …show more content…
How does family behavior influence delinquency? * * There are four categories of family behavior that are possible contributors to delinquent behavior. These include family breakup, conflict, deviance, and neglect (Siegel & Welsh, p. 159). These factors can combine or work individually to create a high risk environment for delinquent behavior. Research done in regards to these four relationship theories and their applicability is still controversial. * Unhappy marriages, separation, divorce, and remarriage all contribute to an unstable home environment. The institution of marriage is no longer what it used to be. There have been studies done, but none have concluded with substantial results on this issue. Although the divorce rate has increased to, it has not been shown that this has been caused by family breakup.
The theory that family conflict can lead to delinquency has shown in research to be a contributing factor in delinquency. ”Adolescents who are incarcerated report growing up in dysfunctional homes” (Siegel & Welsh, 161). This can mean anything from parents who argue a lot to parent-child conflicts based on rules or punishment.
Other family members who exhibit deviant behavior can also have a negative influence. When delinquent behavior appears to be acceptable and other family