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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Larry S. Miller

Committee Members

John T. Whitehead, Michael C. Braswell


Parental attachment style is an important element when delinquent behavior seems to be an issue for a child. In the past, a number of parents have found it difficult to effectively bond with their children because most had to work long hours to provide their child with necessities. Bonding with their children was not a high priority when lower income was a factor. Some parents began to realize that bonding is an important aspect in a child's life and must be nurtured to assure that antisocial tendencies do not erupt. Many theorists have linked criminal behavior to ineffective parenting styles. These styles usually left the child insecurely attached, with no one to talk to when stress and anxiety were felt. In turn, these feelings of stress and anxiety can surface and cause the child to display deviant behaviors toward others. The Cambridge Delinquent Data were used to measure the relationship between parental attachment variables and convictions in adolescence and adulthood. Chi-square analyses were used to measure the variables. The results of the analysis revealed a significant relationship between seven of the nine parental attachment variables and convictions.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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