Juvenile Delinquency

By: Smith, David J., and Susan McVie

Using data from 1998 on secondary school children in Edinburgh, Scotland, this researcher finds that teens living in two-birth-parent family structures have the lowest volume of teens committing juvenile offenses: 28% lower than single-mother families, 39% lower than step-parent families, and 46% lower than single-father families.

Theory and method in the Edinburgh study of youth transitions and crime. British Journal of Criminology 43 (1): 169-95.