Farrington - upbringing - disrupted families

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  • Farrington (disrupted families)
    • study on delinquent development
    • to see whether delinquent and criminal behaviour could be predicted
    • 411 south london males - taken from 6 state primary schools (white, urban, working class sample)
    • interviewed in research office at ages 16, 18 + 21
    • interviewed and tested at school at ages 8,10 + 14
    • interviewed in own homes at ages 25, 32 +46
    • subject attrition as some participants weren't alive till the end of the study etc.
    • school tests measured intelligence, attainment, personality and psychomotor impulsivity
    • in interviews asked about illnesses, injuries, drinking use, drug use, fighting and offending behaviour
    • mothers also interviewed (at 8-15years) about boys personality, family income, employment, history of psychiatric disorders, child-rearing practices and closeness of supervision
    • delinquency rates were similar in disrupted families to those in high-conflict families
    • at ages 8, 10, 12 and 14 teachers answered questions on boys behaviour at school
    • boys who lost their mothers were more likely to be delinquent than boys who lost their fathers
    • disruptions caused by broken homes were more damaging than disruptions caused by parental death


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