The influence of parental support among incarcerated adolescent offenders: The moderating effects of self-control

Shayne Jones, Elizabeth Cauffman, Alex R. Piquero

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According to the general theory of crime, parents play a prominent role in the development of self-control among their children. However, the evidence regarding the effects of parenting on antisocial behavior beyond the acquisition of self-control is equivocal, perhaps because of how parenting has been conceptualized. Also, there is contradictory evidence regarding the moderating effect of self-control on the relationship between parenting and antisocial behavior. The current analysis addresses these issues by exploring the interrelationships between parental support, impulse control, and consideration of others among an incarcerated sample of adolescents. Findings indicate that the relationship between parental support and antisocial behavior remains after controlling for self-control. Additionally, parental support is more influential in reducing antisocial behavior among those low in impulse control but less influential in affecting those who are low in consideration of others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-245
Number of pages17
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Consideration of others
  • Impulse control
  • Moderating effects
  • Parental support
  • Parenting
  • Self-control

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