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Undesirable Juvenile Behavior and the Quality of Parental Relationships


  • Stephen T. Mennemeyer

    () (Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

  • Bisakha Sen

    () (Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham)


We examine how undesirable juvenile behavior is related to the structure and quality of home life. In homes with both own-parents or one parent and another adult partner, we distinguish among unhappy, moderately happy, and very happy relationships for the adults. Single-parents are treated as one category. Living with both own-parents in a very or moderately happy relationship is associated with reduced likelihood of most undesirable behaviors. In most cases, we cannot reject the hypothesis that the probability of juvenile undesirable behavior is the same across own-parents in an unhappy relationship, a very or moderately happy parent and stepparent, and a single-parent.

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  • Stephen T. Mennemeyer & Bisakha Sen, 2006. "Undesirable Juvenile Behavior and the Quality of Parental Relationships," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 73(2), pages 437-460, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:73:2:y:2006:p:437-460

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    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth


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