The relationship between parent-youth interaction and delinquency in group homes

Jay V Solnick, Curtis J. Braukmann, Martha M. Bedlington, Kathryn A. Kirigin, Montrose M. Wolf

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Interactions between the youths and group home parents in 10 group homes were directly observed during a 2-hour session in each home. These observations were compared to questionnaire measures of the youths' self-reported delinquency while in the group home, and their evaluation of the group home program. The results indicated that over the 10 homes there was a strong inverse correlation between mean self-reported delinquency and the average amount of time youths spent taking to (rs=-.95)and in proximity to (rs=-.81)their group home parents. Talking to group home parents also showed a positive correlation with the youths' evaluation of their group home program. Similar trends were found when the correlations were computed over individual youths, although the magnitudes were reduced. These data may have implications for our understanding of the relationship between parenting behaviors and delinquency, as well as for the improvement of group-home treatment programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-119
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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