Why are children from large families THE MOST LIKELY to be juvenile delinquents,

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  1. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 6 years ago

    Why are children from large families THE MOST LIKELY to be juvenile delinquents, gang

    members, teen mothers, school dropouts, the least educated, & be imprisoned as adults?  Studies have shown that there is a correlation between large families & a child's negative behavior & outcomes.   Intelligent, analytical answers please.   All other answers will be......DELETED.


  2. Dr CHE Sadaphal profile image61
    Dr CHE Sadaphalposted 6 years ago

    Well, it seems that at least in some analyses (see http://samples.jbpub.com/9780763760564/ … ringer.pdf) that parental monitoring is the variable most related to juvenile delinquency.

    Hence, following the logic, with more children there is less monitoring and therefore a higher propensity for delinquency.

    This has to be taken into consideration with the fact that globally, women who live in poorer countries tend to have more children (see: http://freakonomics.com/2011/06/10/the- … ior-goods/) Of course, poverty is also associated with higher delinquency rates.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Great, analytical answer. Read the studies.  I have also done hubs relating to this very topic.  Large families are by nature dysfunctional, even pathological in scope. Normal, intelligent people DON'T have large families, they have SMALL families.

    2. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      People in large families are IN DENIAL. They REFUSE to hear about negative outcomes re: their family size.They KNOCK small families which they do w/impunity but if large families are KNOCKED, they go into a rampage-they WON'T ACCEPT EVIDENCE!!!!

  3. grand old lady profile image85
    grand old ladyposted 6 years ago

    Hi Grace,
    I hope you don't mind my saying this, but sometimes I feel bad when you put down big families, having come from one. Still it is your passion, and that I respect. I just want to say that as kids we were so close together, we always played with the neighbors, these are my happiest memories of our childhood. I remember my sister chasing me and while running I'd have to pull up my sock which had a hole in the heel. It didn't matter.  We were always each other's friends. True, we had fights as is normal, and sometimes LONG fights. But if the sibling was down and in need, we were always the first to be there, even if we are fighting. My mom was always very proud of how close we were to each other, and how we watched each other's backs. She was a brilliant mom, strong, resilient, funny, loving, and a great teller of stories. My Dad was always working. But we came out alright. I think it's common for families to have a black sheep whether it is a big family or a small one, rich, or poor. Rich kids feel so entitled, can get all the drugs and liquor they want, etc. But, I encourage and applaud your study. And though I may disagree with your opinion, as someone said (can't remember) I will fight to the death to your right to say it.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Large families put down those from small families& it has been found that small families are beneficial. Studies HAVE proven that large families mean poverty, being the least educated, poor nutrition.You've typical large family inverse "logic".

  4. IslandBites profile image89
    IslandBitesposted 6 years ago

    Well, I see you like generalizations.

    I come from a large family. All of us (children) have college degrees, no criminal record, no addictions. Only one of my sisters has children, but she's married and had them in her lates 20s, so no teen pregnancies.
    Btw, we weren't wealthy. In fact, we were lower middle class. My dad always worked hard, we worked hard and had excellent grades so we could went to college.

    My dad comes from a large family as well. My dad is an honest man, never had problems with the law. No school dropout, All his brothers are good men as well. All hard working men. Three of them are members of the police and one of them is a veteran.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Not generalizing.  Most of the people from large families are what I've described.  Large families result in NEGATIVE OUTCOME, face it! I have studied the large family in college; had relatives from large families who are what I have described.

    2. IslandBites profile image89
      IslandBitesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It is obvious that you have that experience. You have a bad family. Not all of us are so unfortunate. Sorry.

    3. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      They were EXTENDED family.Everyone I know from large families ended up more impoverished, the least educated, pregnant as a teen, & delinquent. Those from small families (like me) ended up the most educated & successful w/no teen pregnancies.

    4. IslandBites profile image89
      IslandBitesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Everyone you know is not every single large family. So, yeah, you're generalizing.

    5. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It is the AVERAGE large family. C'mon now, DON'T be in DENIAL. Kids from large families are mostly what I have described.  Give me a kid from a large family & you'll find the abovementioned. My late mother, a nurse, can verify what I have stated.

    6. IslandBites profile image89
      IslandBitesposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I can give you a kid from a large family: me. And you won't find any of what you mentioned. But whatever. I am happy with my great large family. So I wont lose my time anymore. It's obvious you won't accept anything else other than your "truth".

    7. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Not only what I have mentioned, kids from large families receive assistance to keep them socioeconomically afloat. They have no medical care & go hungry. I donate clothes & food to large families. It isn't my truth but THE TRUTH-DON'T BE IN D

  5. Atcelle profile image58
    Atcelleposted 6 years ago

    In some families it does happen and in some it doesn't. Well when it happened in some families it could mean that some get attention while others don't, low esteem in some areas, following the wrong kind of people, don't have a use or love for self or trying to get back at parents etc.

  6. Misfit Chick profile image74
    Misfit Chickposted 6 years ago

    A couple of reasons pop off the top of my head, although I should mention that I'm an only child and have no kids - so maybe I am clueless, ha!

    But, the first thing that comes to mind is that larger families are a LOT more expensive to take care of - both financially and time-wise.

    Much of the time, I would imagine parents (especially lower-economic class parents) are working their butts off to put food on the table; much less to be able to find time to spend with their kids who need their TLC.

    Just surviving (and learning how to survive) takes up so much time... Even for kids, surviving among their siblings they are being left alone with - who may or may not 'like' them. Things can be dog-eat-dog, even within families. Its very sad.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      SPOT ON answer, your analysis is correct.  I am also an only child but have studied & observed large families.  They are what you have stated, even much, much worse. Think of the Duggars, who are prototypes of every large family. Excellent answer

    2. Misfit Chick profile image74
      Misfit Chickposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I simply could not watch the Duggars - they broke my heart from day one. Kids don't necessarily become delinquents - sometimes they just become generally 'lost', which is just as sad. Since I never know where kids are at - I always try to uplift them

    3. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      That is large family life-poverty, squalor, crowding, neglect, parentified children, & scarcity It's no wonder the large family has such negative outcomes.The large family is totally dysfunctional, even aberrant & pathological. THAT IS THE TR

  7. tamarawilhite profile image86
    tamarawilhiteposted 6 years ago

    The greater correlation is fatherlessness. A child is three times more likely to be delinquent, join a gang, drop out of school.
    A single mother with a single child may provide enough supervision. Her poverty as a single mother makes it difficult to provide alternative activities like camps.
    A single mother with two or more kids likely cannot, and she's both poor and unable to supervise, nearly guaranteeing bad outcomes.

  8. roselinsojan profile image60
    roselinsojanposted 6 years ago

    I think big family or small family is not the problem.unfortunately in some family it does happen."no parental love'',lack of parental attention leads children to join gangs to get attention,love and money which they don't receive from their parents.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      In large families, there is poverty, neglect & other pathologies such as abuse.  Such negative environments lead to juvenile delinquency as children in large families DON'T receive parental attention & love.  So they gravitate towards negative, even criminal activities. Large families are breeding grounds for criminals.


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