First Advisor

McGrath, Jack


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


Parental separation preceded by parental conflict increased the propensity for youth criminality as the pre-separation conflict engenders an environment which hampers effective paternal and maternal care for children are carried over into post-separation life. The social development theory was used to explain the significance of socialization and the extent and quality of children's relationships with their external environment as factors important to their participation in anti-social behaviors, noting that, an overlapping of pro and anti-social paths are the constructors of children's socialization capabilities. The secondary data collected on this research topic, concluded that a family environment marred by issues consequential to parental separation preceded by family conflict, provided antisocial pathways for children's development which resulted in children's internalizing and externalizing behaviors that are conducive to their propensity to criminalaity.

Date of Award

Spring 2012

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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