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EXPLORING PARENTAL RISK FACTORS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DELINQUENCY AMONG CHILDREN
Corresponding Author(s) : Elsie Mishra
Humanities & Social Sciences Reviews,
Vol. 8 No. 3 (2020): May
Purpose of the study: To explore and analyze the influence of various parental risk factors contributing to the development of delinquency in children.
Methodology: A total of hundred and sixteen juvenile delinquents (100 boys and 16 girls) in the age range of 11- 18 years, residing in the four Government-run Observation and Special Homes (O&SHs) of Odisha. Descriptive statistics (i.e., percent) and qualitative method (i.e. narrative) have been used to analyze the data.
Main Findings: Absence of proper parental guidance and supervision is found to be the major cause of delinquency in children. Parental rejection and deprivation i.e. mother’s love and emotional support is the major cause of delinquency in girls. Lack of parental involvement and less quality time spent by parents with boys are the main reasons behind their delinquency.
Applications of this study: The results of this study imply the need to conduct further research about parenting behavior and their attitude towards their children from a gender-based perspective. It also implies the need for a greater number of studies to be carried out on Indian parents and their attitude and behavior towards their children in general and based on the child’s gender in particular.
Novelty/Originality of this study: The present study tries to address one of the many gaps existing in the literature regarding the matter of parenting style adopted by parents leading to delinquency in children. It further shows the difference in parental attitude and behavior towards their son’s and daughter’s leading to delinquency.
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