Upbringing:Disrupted Families

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KeyStudy1:Farrington et el-The Cambridge study in Delinquent Development

Aim:Document the start,duration and end of offending behaviour from childhood to adulthood in families.

  • To investigate the influence of life events such as;risk and protective factors predicting offending and anti-social behaviour;intergenerational transmissionof offending and the influence of family background.


  • longitudinal study of 411 boys aged 8 and 9.
  • born 1953-54.
  • Taken from a register of six state schools in east london
  • Predominately white working class
  • 397 different families (14 brothers and five sets of twins)
  • 48…


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