Family Structure and Juvenile Delinquency Research Paper by JoFloyd

Family Structure and Juvenile Delinquency
This paper discusses family structure and juvenile delinquency and looks at how they relate.
# 101007 | 4,739 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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In this article, the writer looks at the correlation between family structure and delinquency. The writer notes that one area of needed reform is the segment of the system that deals specifically with children under the age of majority, which differs from state to state. The writer points out that in the late 1800s, the juvenile justice system was created, not simply to punish, but to also rehabilitate the thousands of juveniles who had been forced to enter into the adult system. In the more than 100 years since its inception, the juvenile justice system remains a fragmented system of juvenile victims and juvenile offenders. The writer describes different cases to discuss this issue and includes tables of statistics. The writer concludes that in an ideal world, all children would have the benefit of two loving parents, a financially and emotionally secure home, and a chance to become anything they wish to become in life. The writer maintains that in reality, there is no way to guarantee a two-parent home for all children, but a concerted effort can be made to fill the voids created by those who are absent in the way of mentoring and other interactive relationships.

What Has Happened
The Problem Researched
Types of Criminal Activity
One Case in Point
What Can Be Done
The Myths about Single Parenting

From the Paper:

"Two year old Nateyonna Banks had been a ward of the state of Georgia since she had been born in 2004. Her twenty-nine year old mother, Shandrell had given birth to her during her incarceration in the county prison on cocaine possession. The baby's great aunt, Carolyn took over the job of raising little Nateyonna while her mother continued to serve her sentence. In 2006 when Carolyn petitioned the court for financial help in raising Nateyonna, County DFCS workers agreed to leave her in the custody of her aunt."
"When Shandrell Banks was released from prison, DFCS supervisors overturned the ruling based on information that the aunt was incompetent, and awarded her custody of her daughter. She began living with a friend in a small apartment and her income consisted of a $65.00 weekly unemployment check. According to a transcript of a July 31, 2006 hearing, Shandrell was receiving help with parenting skills as well as with anger management."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Being a Single Parent. (2003) Retrieved January 18, 2008 from
  • Celizik, Mike (2007) Friends: Mall Shooter Appeared To Be Coping. Retrieved December 13, 2007 from
  • Department of Juvenile Justice (n.d.) Juvenile Justice: For Your Information Retrieved on
  • December 12, 2007 from (
  • Juvenile Justice Bulletin (1999) Family Disruption and Delinquency. Retrieved on December 13, 2007 from

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"Family Structure and Juvenile Delinquency" 17 February 2008. Web. 21 August. 2017. <>