Perceived quality of parenting and its relations with frequency of offending and psychosocial functioning among institutionalized adolescents

Part of : Hellenic journal of psychology ; Vol.5, No.2, 2008, pages 199-224

The present paper explored the relations of two dimensions of perceivedparenting, namely care and protection, with several legal, institutional and demographiccharacteristics of young offenders held in custody. The sample was 152 randomly selectedmale young offenders from the largest young offenders' institution in Scotland, UK. Theytook part in a structured interview asking several socio-demographic characteristics andthey filled in the questionnaire Parental Bonding Instrument. Most of the young offendersreported a parenting style of affectionate constraint, characterised by high care and highprotection. The sample of the study scored significantly higher on both care and protectionin comparison to community and young offenders of previous studies. Lower perceived carewas related with a higher degree of past recidivism rate, earlier age of initiation of alchoholand drug use and several indices of mental health problems. The lack of relationshipbetween perceived care and protection suggests that perceived care and protection arerather independent dimensions of perceived parenting.
Subject (LC):
adolescence, child-rearing practices, juvenile delinquency
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