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Adolescent Violence toward Parents
Robert Agnew and Sandra Huguley
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 51, No. 3 (Aug., 1989), pp. 699-711
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352169
Page Count: 13
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Family violence research has focused on spouse and child abuse and largely ignored the third major type of family violence: parent abuse. This study uses data from a national sample of adolescents to examine the extent, the sociodemographic correlates, and the causes of assaults on parents. The major part of the study involves a test of an integrated framework for the explanation of parent assault, a framework that combines traditional family violence variables with the leading theories of juvenile delinquency. Data indicate that adolescents who assault parents are more likely (a) to have friends who assault parents, (b) to approve of delinquency, including violence, (c) to believe that the probability of official sanction for parental assault is low, (d) to be weakly attached to parents, and (e) to be white.
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1989 National Council on Family Relations