Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Larry S. Miller

Committee Members

Michael C. Braswell, John T. Whitehead


Parent and teen communication combined with relationship skills, and their ability to resolve conflict, need extensive research to help understand if effective intervention can lead to short-term and long-term success in terms of continued crime and delinquency prevention and relationship endurance. This researcher conducted a short-term study by holding a parent and teen communication and conflict resolution intervention program for teens and parents in crisis called Family Reunion. Five classes were held with 102 research subjects. Pre and post treatment questionnaire surveys were administered containing both fixed responses and open-ended questions. Quantitative analysis of the fixed response items indicated positive results of the treatment and analysis of the open-ended items indicated satisfaction with the program for both parent and teen respondents. The research did not address long-term results. In order for long-term effects to emerge, families must continue to practice the skills learned in the communication and conflict resolution skills program.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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