Shannon Elizabeth Powers



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Research shows that parenting styles are associated with children’s behavior and adjustment. One type of parenting style is parental hostility, which has been found to be correlated with delinquency. This relationship is more pronounced when parental hostility includes physical aggression towards the child or teenager. The current study aims to examine the link between parental hostility and delinquency among adjudicated juveniles. The Pathways to Desistance data was used to examine this relationship. The sample consisted of 1,354 serious juvenile offenders between the ages of 14 years old to under 18 years old from Philadelphia and Phoenix. The participants were 86% males, 41.4% African American, 20% White, and 33.5% of the rest of the sample consisted of other races. A bivariate correlation was used to examine the association. The findings show a weak statistically significant association between mother’s and father’s parental hostility and total offending, which is aligned with previous research. Findings and implications will be discussed.

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Project Designation

Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Susybel R. Kallsen

Primary Advisor's Department

Criminal Justice Studies


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

Parental Hostility and Youthful Offending