Juvenile delinquency is a major problem in the United States. It is important to find ways to improve parenting skills to reduce the development of criminal behavior. If solutions are to be developed, phenomenological descriptions of parents' experiences must be understood. The problem that this study addressed is the lack of the phenomenological descriptions of parents' experiences when faced with their adolescents' juvenile delinquent behavior. A qualitative grounded theory approach was used to generate a theoretical framework to describe what parents live through when their adolescents commit delinquent acts. Data was derived from recording parents' verbal descriptions of their experiences. Theoretical analysis resulted in a description of themes and categories that developed when parents' adolescents were implicated in delinquent acts.
|Advisor:||Auxier, Clarence R.|
|Commitee:||Gangl, Amy, Manning, Suzanne|
|Department:||School of Human Services|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Adolescents, Delinquency, Juvenile delinquency, Parenting, Recipricol|
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