Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.




The area of family and deviance was examined from the perspective of the delinquent. The research investigated the question, "Do any patterns or similarities exist in how young men involved in crime perceive various aspects of their family lives during their childhood and teenage years?" Following an Interpretive Interactionist approach, 20 males sentenced to a period of probation for varying offenses, were interviewed utilizing an open ended questionnaire. Perceptions of such family aspects as discipline, communication with parents, affection, supervision, and other similar attributes were examined. Two distinct groups of individuals were revealed from the collected data. Group A, comprised of 14 subjects, perceived various aspects of their upbringing negatively. Group B, comprised of five subjects, perceived aspects of their upbringing more positively. The similarities within the groups of subjects, as well as the distinguishing characteristics of the two groups of individuals, were discussed.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1996 .A75. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0138. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.