Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 29, Issue 8, pp 901–910 | Cite as

Family Profile of Young Offenders Who Abuse Their Parents: A Comparison With General Offenders and Non-Offenders

  • Lourdes ContrerasEmail author
  • Carmen Cano
Characteristics of Abusive Families


This study aimed to explore the family profile of adolescent-to-parent abuse cases. Concretely, this paper examines whether or not there is a different family profile of parent-abuse offenders compared with other types of offenders and with non-offender adolescents. The sample included 90 adolescents who were clustered into three groups (parent-abuse offenders, other type of offenders, and non-offender adolescents). Participants completed measures of quality of communication with parents and parents’ educational styles. They were also evaluated using a brief interview with questions about family structure. Results indicate offenders who assault their parents have a different family structure and dynamics. Differences were found concerning the type of household, family size, and family incomes. In addition, parent-abuse offenders reported a lower quality of communication with both parents perceiving them as less warm, more rejecting, and less inductive than did the other groups.


Family violence Young offenders Parent abuse Aggressive behavior Family profile 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of JaénJaénSpain

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