Family Structure and Juvenile Deviance
The increase of the juvenile delinquency rate and what role the family plays in leading to, or causing delinquency was the focus of this study. Research has been done to identify characteristics of families with delinquents, but in this study the focus is on the child's point of view The subjects used in this study were sixth grade children, all 12 years old, which in Wisconsin is the age that a youth may be processed through the juvenile court system, and labeled a juvenile offender. 1Wo groups of youths were used, those identified as problem and non-problem students. The FACES II test was used. The results did show an association between the non-problem students and their view of their families as balanced and problem students and the view of their families as extreme types and mid-range.