Parental rearing practices and problem behaviours in male delinquent adolescents versus controls

Rita Žukauskienė, Oksana Malinauskienė


The purpose of this study was to investigate possible relationships between parental rearing practices and problem behaviours in a sample of male delinquent adolescents versus controls. A total of 97 subjects and 113 matched school- children were assessed by means of the EMBU questionnaire and Youth Self-Report. Delinquents were more severely treated by parents and had more pronounced internalized and externalized problem scores. Furthermore, problem scores were found to be highly correlated with parental rejection and overprotection, when emotional warmth wasn't. We conclude, that parental rearing practices, such as rejection and overprotection may influence the development of problem behaviours. However, for control group negative association has been found for delinquency score with emotional warmth. Therefore, emotional warmth both from father and mother could be considered as protective factor in child development. The implications of these findings with regard to preventive measures are discussed.


Parental rearing practices; aggression; delinquency

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