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Saving Children from a Life of CrimeEarly Risk Factors and Effective Interventions$
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David P. Farrington and Brandon C. Welsh

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304091.001.0001

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Family Factors

Family Factors

(p.55) 4 Family Factors
Saving Children from a Life of Crime

David P. Farrington

Brandon C. Welsh

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates the importance of family factors as predictors of offending. The findings reveal that strongest predictor is usually criminal or antisocial parents while other quite strong and replicable predictors are large family size, poor parental supervision, parental conflict and disrupted families. The result suggests that child abuse and young mothers are relatively weak predictors. This chapter suggests that family-based programs targeting family risk factors might prevent delinquency.

Keywords:   family factors, offending, criminal parents, antisocial parents, large family size, poor parental supervision, parental conflict, disrupted families, child abuse, young mothers

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