Delinquency an Outcome of Parenting

  • Madiha Asghar Islamia College Peshawar
  • Hina Iqbal Islamia College Peshawar
Keywords: Juvenile delinquency, parenting, parental hostile behavior, parental separation, marital marital conflicts


The aim of the study was to investigate and compare the role of parental discipline and parental relationship in detained delinquents and non-delinquents. Current study assessed parental factor associated with delinquency. Total sample comprised of two hundred (N=200) delinquents and non- delinquents with the age range of 10-18 year (M=15.76, SD= 1.93). Sample of one hundred (n=100) male juvenile delinquents was selected from different jails of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa. And One hundred (n=100) male non juvenile delinquents were selected from different schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through convenient sampling. It was hypothesized that that delinquent will score lower on parental relation and parental discipline. t- test, multiple regression and Logistic regression was used to explore the independent factor influencing delinquency. There were significant difference between delinquents and non- delinquents on the quality of parental relationship and parental discipline. It was revealed from the findings of the study that parenting factors contribute in delinquency. It has been found that most of juvenile commit criminal activity due to broken family such as parental separation, parental marital conflicts, and hostile behavior towards each other. Another noteworthy finding was harsh parent and strict parental discipline was found to be a pertinent contributor of delinquency. It was concluded that parental discipline and parental marital relationship significantly contribute towards delinquency in children and adolescents.