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Crime and the Family

Crime and the Family

Lessons from Teenage Childbearing

(p.573) 12Crime and the Family
Controlling Crime
Seth G. Sanders
University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues that much can be gained by considering teenage childbearing for girls and crime for boys as two variants of antisocial behavior, and contends that the same developmental process which led boys to grow up willing to violate the social norms necessary to commit crime leads girls to violate the social norms in their own domain. The chapter is organized as follows. section 12.4 then takes a brief look at randomized controlled trials that try to manipulate directly aspects of parent–child interactions. A commentary is included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime, antisocial behavior, girls, boys, family structure, abortion law, divorce laws, welfare policy, criminal behavior

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