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CRIME
FARRIGNTON ­ FAMILY SIZE
AIM ­ to investigate whether family size has an effect on criminality
DESIGN
Longitudinal study
IV ­ large or small family size
DV ­ the likelihood of family size being linked to criminality
PROCEDURE
411 boys form East End of London
Studied for over 40 years
Boys were aged 8 at the start
Visited every couple of years, until 46
Interviewed Boys, friends, mother and teacher
RESULTS
If boys turned to crime then due to following reasons:
Low supervision by parents
Poor housing
Parental neglect
Harsh/inconsistent parenting
Broken family
Low achievement at school
CONCLUSION
All these factors can provide negative childhood experience which can increase a child's
vulnerability to criminality
Prolonged separation from a caregiver and arguments within the family are bad childhood
experiences which can influence whether a child turns to crime or not

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CRIME
EVALUATION
Strength Weakness
Large sample Study has lots of results so there it lacks a clear
conclusion
Longitudinal study ­ more time to look at Interferes in private life for very long so invasion
circumstances and situations meaning results areof privacy
reliable Time consuming
Interview ­ qualitative data (in depth info) Interview ­ subjectivity and time consuming
Focuses on boys as statistically they are more Looks only at boys ­ gender bias
likely to commit crimes
Blames parents upbringing so takes away
responsibility
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