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Family Violence and Delinquency

  • Carolyn A. Smith
  • Timothy O. Ireland
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Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Interdisciplinary research has indicated that the experience of family violence is a risk factor for childrens’ delinquency specifically and antisocial behavior more generally. Violence in the family is a national public health concern in view of its common occurrence, its immediate health and safety concerns for victims, and its broad effects on youth development (Daro, Edleson, & Pinderhughes, 2004; Straus & Gelles, 1990; US Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). However, family violence and its main components, child maltreatment and domestic violence exposure, are often peripheral topics in criminological theory and research. Problems in research on the causes and consequences of family violence have also contributed to controversies surrounding the role of family violence in criminology. Family violence is defined as a spectrum of harmful acts within families that are beyond normally accepted family dynamics (Giovannoni, 1989). Broadly conceptualized, family violence includes sibling violence, elder abuse, child maltreatment, dating violence, and intimate partner violence. Here the focus is on research that has utilized child maltreatment and domestic violence terminology/conceptualizations and that links these family experiences with later adolescent delinquency and adult offending.

Keywords

Intimate Partner Violence Sexual Abuse Domestic Violence Child Maltreatment Antisocial Behavior 
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  • Timothy O. Ireland
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  1. 1.University at Albany, SUNYAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Niagara UniversityNiagaraUSA

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