Criminal Justice-COLL | The Family and Formal Control Systems in America
P482 | 26430 | Herrera


The family has long been considered to play an important role in
producing or reducing delinquency.  Just how do families contribute
to the development of antisocial and delinquent behavior of their
children?   Do family experiences in childhood predict behaviors and
outcomes throughout the life course?  This seminar will take a
multidisciplinary approach in exploring the traditional functions of
the family and the possible effects of varying family structures,
family dynamics and parenting styles on the development of
antisocial and criminal behavior.  We will also examine the
interactions between families and formal control systems such as
child welfare, foster care system, juvenile and family courts and
discuss the role of state intervention into family life.  The goal
of this course is to critically analyze current theory and research
linking family risk factors to antisocial behavior and crime, as
well as examining effective intervention and prevention strategies.

Required Readings:
*Simons, Simons, & Wallace (2004). Families, Delinquency, and Crime:
Linking societies most basic institution to antisocial behavior
*MacDonald, Michael Patrick. 1999.  All Souls. A Family Story From
Southie.  New York: Ballantine Books
*Gelles, R. (1996).  The book of David. How preserving families can
cost children’s lives.
*Strengthening America’s Families: Exemplary parenting and family
strategies for delinquency prevention:
http://www.strengtheningfamilies.org/html/literature_review_1999.pdf

Class Meeting:  Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30-3:45

Prerequisite: P290, K300, or consent of instructor

Distribution credit: S & H

Instructor:  Professor Veronica Herrera, crimnal justice department