American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 350–372 | Cite as

The Effect of Variation in Intact Family Forms on Deviant and Antisocial Behavior



Family form sets the stage for a host of adolescent behavioral outcomes. We draw on research, theory, and methodology from within Criminology, Demography, and Family Sociology to examines the effect of variation in intact family form on antisocial and deviant behavior. We find higher antisocial and deviant behavior among youth residing in households where one of the parents has a child from a previous relationship and the parents are currently married but were cohabiting at the time of the birth of their eldest child.


Family structure Antisocial behavior Biologically intact families Cohabitation Blended households 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal Justice, HPA 1, College of Health and Public AffairsUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  2. 2.School of Criminal JusticeRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA

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