Disrupted Families

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A non-disrupted family is defined by: Mum and Dad both present with 2/3 of their children

Divorce, bereavement, imprisonment etc all create disruption 

This suggests that single parents may struggle to instill discipline and look after the needs of all the children concerned.


1) The convicted parent (apply Social Learning Theory here.) The child sees Dad beat people up and gets respect and status and therefore the son copies this behaviour.

2) Delinquent siblings - (apply Social Learning Theory here.) The child looks up to brother/sister stealing cars and gains status and therefore the younger sibling copies. 

3) Young mothers - No attachment/bond formed (in some cases.)


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