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115: Teenage Grandchildren in Conflict with the Law - The Role of Grandparents (2015)

Category: Visitors Papers


Dr. Alejandro Klein,  University of Guanajuato

There are several theories, some of them contradictory, regarding causes of delinquency among teenagers and in particular with regard to their criminal behaviour. One of these theories involves social control, which suggests that when the ability to set limits is absent this will facilitate criminal behaviour. It also suggests that in ‘broken homes’ parents are less able to control their children than parents who are able to maintain conventional homes. Teenagers raised by grandparents who have less control over their behaviour or have less emotional capacity to cope with their behaviour would also be at risk. Hence, it issuggested that more direct supervision of “at risk teenagers” reduces the likelihood of criminal behaviour.