Psychology, Department of


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Published in Criminal Justice Policy Review (September 2008),Volume 19, Number 3: 333-348. Copyright 2008 Sage, Publications, doi: 10.1177/0887403407311956,, hosted at Used by permission.


Interviews of 147 juveniles in postadjudication residential facilities revealed that the juveniles generally did not believe their parents were responsible for the illegal activities of the juvenile. A vast majority of juveniles said that their parents were not responsible at all and also said that if they had known that their parents would also be punished for their crimes, they would have been less likely to commit the crimes. No patterns emerged for these questions based on the demographic or social characteristics of the juveniles. Implications of the juveniles’ perspective are considered, focusing particularly on the juveniles’ lack of willingness to place accountability on their parents.