‘I Blame the Parents’: Analysing Popular Support for the Deficient Household Social Capital Transmission Thesis

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Alan Collins

University of Portsmouth

Joe Cox

University of Portsmouth

Alan Leonard

University of Portsmouth

Date Written: May 2015

Abstract

This article explores belief in parental deficiency as a causal factor of youth anti‐social behaviour and crime. Empirical interrogation of household interview data from a UK city considers whether there is widespread support for blaming parents. Somewhat surprisingly, lower‐income households and those containing young people, are found to be more likely to consider parental responsibility a problem. Most notably, a tendency to blame the parents strongly associates with a perception that people in the area do not treat each other with respect.

Keywords: parental responsibility, anti‐social behaviour (ASB), blame, youth offending, juvenile delinquency

Suggested Citation

Collins, Alan and Cox, Joe and Leonard, Alan, ‘I Blame the Parents’: Analysing Popular Support for the Deficient Household Social Capital Transmission Thesis (May 2015). The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 54, Issue 2, pp. 135-156, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2595409 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12098

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