Title: Ethnic Differences in the Effect of Perceived Parenting on Juvenile Violent Delinquency of Dutch and Moroccan-Dutch Boys
Authors: Lahlah, Esmah ×
Van der Knaap, Leontien
Bogaerts, Stefan
Lens, Kim #
Issue Date: Feb-2014
Series Title: Journal of Child and Family Studies vol:23 issue:2 pages:333-346
Abstract: This study considers ethnic differences in the effect of perceived parenting on juvenile
delinquency in a sample of Dutch and Moroccan-Dutch boys, by focusing on several
perceived maternal and paternal parenting variables. Research has since long
acknowledged the association between parenting and juvenile delinquency. However,
extent literature appears divided over whether or not the etiology of juvenile
delinquency for ethnic minority youth is somehow distinct from standard criminological
theories, or whether parenting is a culturally distinct source. Cross-cultural studies on
the effect of parenting on juvenile delinquency show inconsistent findings.
Furthermore, most studies focus on only one aspect of parenting resulting in limited
information regarding the relative importance of various parenting aspects in the
etiology of juvenile delinquency. Lastly, almost all work in this area has focused solely
on maternal variables or combined maternal and paternal variables in a general
categorization without considering the contribution of each parent separately. Overall,
the results seem to suggest both specificity and generalizability in the effect of
parenting on violent delinquency by ethnicity. Despite the mean level differences on
perceived parenting variables and violent delinquency, and despite the moderate
differences in the predictive relationships of the variables by ethnicity, the results
suggest similarity in the patterns of associations as well. Given that both paternal and
maternal parenting variables were significantly related to violent delinquency in
Moroccan-Dutch boys in a manner similar to Dutch peers, it is important that social
services and criminal justice offices provide prevention and intervention strategies for
both fathers and mothers.
ISSN: 1062-1024
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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