ERIC Number: ED160720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Parens Patriae and Dispositions in Juvenile Courts. Discussion Paper No. 496-78.
This paper assesses the parens patriae orientation, which is often considered to be at the core of the operation of juvenile courts, and discovers that existing ideas concerning its role must be revised. In opposition to common theory it appears that parens patriae at best shares influence with a number of other orientations in juvenile courts, and may even no longer exist as a distinct, unified dimension. Further, neither parens patriae nor any of the other orientations bears a direct, simple relation to dispositions, although statistically significant correlations emerge when interaction effects are analyzed and when sub-samples are developed. These results are explained in relation to previous studies, the possibility of social change, and the community context of juvenile courts. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.