ERIC Number: ED172075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-21
Reference Count: N/A
A Longitudianl Study of the Link Between Broken Homes and Criminality.
Possible explanatory theories of the relationship between broken homes and crime include the following: (1) broken homes lead to crimes if there are "catalytic agents"; (2) broken homes lead to crime if these homes fail to provide certain conditions which promote socialization; and (3) broken homes and crime have a common source, but not a causal relationship. Each of these possibilities was tested by using data from a longitudinal study of 230 males, including the descriptions of childhood homes collected 30 years prior to collection of information about criminality. Because crimes were generally committed after termination of the project from which data about childhood had been gathered, unidirectionality of relationships between home variables and crimes was assumed. Derivations from propositional calculus permitted identification of the third explanatory theory as the only one consistent with the evidence. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Probation, Boston.; Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Dept. of Psychology and Sociology.