SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days


Delinquency may take on many definitions, but the most widely accepted definition is a minor crime committed by a young person, generally under the age of 18. Youth may also deal with legal trouble in response to status offending. These are behaviors that are age-based and would not be charged if committed by an adult. Examples include truancy, running away, drinking alcohol and using tobacco, and being incorrigible. Offending is a term that can be used to describe the actions of adults and youth, with definitions extending beyond just a “minor” crime (e.g., homicides and rapes). Many factors may contribute to delinquency, status offending, and criminal offending, with parenting and parental attachment commonly cited amongst correctional research. Studies show that parental attachment and parenting styles have a direct effect on youth and their subsequent delinquent or offending behavior(s). This poster outlines the research on associations between parenting styles and justice system involvement as well as policy implications.

Faculty Advisor

April Terry


Criminal Justice

Submission Type

in-person poster




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