Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

David Van Heemst

Second Advisor

Stephen Lowe

Third Advisor

Jeffrey S. Williamson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


This quantitative study is an investigation of whether or not there is a link between crime and the family structure within an urban Midwestern community. The study took place in a Midwestern urban community in Chicago Illinois. Participants were gathered from a prominent Church within the community. Participants were randomly selected to participate in the study. The participants completed two surveys that offered results pertaining to parental behavior and likelihood of youth engagement in crime. The results indicated that there was some relationship between the family structure and criminal activity among youth. Additional information will be provided in the following sections; methodology, limitations, results, and implications for future research.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2015 for Olivet Nazarene University.

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