Adolescent development can be considered as being characterised by different ways of experience which may lead to various solutions, among which even those of a deviant nature. According to a multifactorial and interdisciplinary approach, the study of deviation implies the consideration of the joint activity of numerous individual and environmental elements and, in particular, the relationship with the parental figures. In agreement with this orientation, it may be expected that family relations affect also different orientations of deviation like the presence or absence of drug abuse in juvenile delinquency. The study was conducted on a sample of 142 juvenile delinquents, aged from 14 to 18 years, imprisoned in a juvenile prison. They were split in drug abusers and non abusers. Firstly, a sample of 71 delinquents drug abusers was selected; on the base of medical analyses, all of them resulted heroine abusers. Afterwards, 71 delinquents “non abusers“ were considered. Each “non abuser” was matched to a correspondent “abuser” on the base of age, town and neighbourhood of residence. Subjects were held under observation for a period varying from three to five years. The observation team was constituted by social workers, educators, doctors and psychologists. Several main characteristicts of the families were considered. The statistical comparison of the two samples, as it was hypothesised, showed significant differences only as regards the educational attitudes of parents.

Juvenile delinquency, drug abuse and parental attitude

MELEDDU, MAURO
1998

Abstract

Adolescent development can be considered as being characterised by different ways of experience which may lead to various solutions, among which even those of a deviant nature. According to a multifactorial and interdisciplinary approach, the study of deviation implies the consideration of the joint activity of numerous individual and environmental elements and, in particular, the relationship with the parental figures. In agreement with this orientation, it may be expected that family relations affect also different orientations of deviation like the presence or absence of drug abuse in juvenile delinquency. The study was conducted on a sample of 142 juvenile delinquents, aged from 14 to 18 years, imprisoned in a juvenile prison. They were split in drug abusers and non abusers. Firstly, a sample of 71 delinquents drug abusers was selected; on the base of medical analyses, all of them resulted heroine abusers. Afterwards, 71 delinquents “non abusers“ were considered. Each “non abuser” was matched to a correspondent “abuser” on the base of age, town and neighbourhood of residence. Subjects were held under observation for a period varying from three to five years. The observation team was constituted by social workers, educators, doctors and psychologists. Several main characteristicts of the families were considered. The statistical comparison of the two samples, as it was hypothesised, showed significant differences only as regards the educational attitudes of parents.
Adolescence; Deviation; Family
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