Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Human Development and Family Studies

Department name when degree awarded

Family and Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

Thomas R. Lee


Thomas R. Lee


The goal of this study was to examine parenting styles and family communication as correlates of juvenile delinquency. A review of the literature was completed in the areas of parenting styles, family communication, and juvenile delinquency. The literature that was reviewed for this study was examined mainly from juvenile perceptions. This study was approached from a general systems theory perspective.

A sample of juveniles (N = 78) from Weber County, Utah, involved in the juvenile justice system completed a survey assessing their perception of parenting styles and family communication. The survey was a 25-item questionnaire measuring kindness, unkindness, communication, authoritarian parenting, authoritative parenting, and permissive parenting.

A correlation was computed to show the relationship between the variables. It showed that there were moderate positive correlations between kindness, communication, and authoritative parenting styles. Also there was a moderate negative correlation between unkindness, communication, and authoritative parenting styles.

While the sample limits generalizations of results, these preliminary findings provide interesting results for professionals who work with juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system.