The Impacts of Parenting on the Criminal Behaviors of Adolescent African American Males

Anthony M. Grady, Olivet Nazarene University

Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.


This study was being conducted to evaluate if any correlation exist between parenting and the criminal behaviors of adolescent African American males. Several surveys were done among three populations to evaluate if there are any similarities or differences in parenting styles that cause this group to offend. A survey was created that consisted of 29 questions that focused on a couple of areas: Relationships, Behavior, and Value systems. Correlations and frequencies were used to evaluate parenting behavioral patterns and criminal offending. Although the research provided insight that despite how positive the relationship between minor and parent, there is still a one to five times chance that this young man may experience some form of arrest or being housed in the juvenile detention center.