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There is little question that family dysfunction can lead to long-term social problems.  Interactions between parents and children provide opportunities for children to either acquire, or inhibit, antisocial behavior patterns. Good parenting lowers the risk of delinquency for children living in high-crime areas.
Children who grow up in dysfunctional homes often exhibit delinquent behaviors, having learned at a young age that aggression pays off. Kids who are conflict-prone may actually help to destabilize households. Delinquency will be reduced if at least one parent can provide parental efficacy. Studies show that the parents of delinquent youth tend to be inconsistent disciplinarians who are either overly harsh or extremely lenient. Parents who closely supervise their children, and have close ties with them, help reduce the likelihood of adolescent delinquent behavior.
A number of studies have found that parental deviance has a powerful influence on delinquent behavior. Kids whose parents go to prison are much more likely to be at risk for delinquency than children of non-incarcerated parents. The link between parental deviance and child misbehavior may be genetic, experiential, or even related to labeling and stigma.  
Many children are physically abused or neglected by their parents.  Adolescent victims of sexual abuse are particularly at risk for stress and anxiety.  Millions of allegations of child abuse and neglect are made each year, and about 700,000 kids are the victims of abuse.  Abusive families suffer from severe stress. 

  • Prepare to engage in discussion on the following questions:
    • How well do you believe balancing-of-the-interests works when the court allows an abused child to remain with his/her parents?
    • What suggestions do you have to keep a family in crisis together?
    • Is there a distinct difference between corporal punishment and child abuse? 

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