Parental Monitoring

Law enforcement officers are frequently called to intervene in situations that involve juveniles, and many times it’s discovered that the circumstances which brought police into contact with a juvenile may have grown out of parent-child relationships. 

It’s important for law enforcement workers to know how family dynamics can impact juvenile behavior; such as a parent who abuses drugs or alcohol, is too busy pursuing personal or work goals, or a parent who hasn’t developed proper parenting skills.  Hopefully, through knowing the family dynamics, a law enforcement officer can effectively intervene and steer the family to productive resources for the benefit of the child and family.

Dallas Trone is a WIU LEJA student currently enrolled in Research Methods.  Through the course of developing her research project, she discovered important parenting traits and monitoring skills that show a relationship between attachment and delinquency.  Dallas has taken this information and put it into an easy to read table for law enforcement officers, hoping it will help officers understand how parenting can impact juvenile behavior.

Authoritarian Expresses little warmth, high controlling and high demanding behaviors with low responsiveness.
Authoritative Warm, supportive, firm,  high demanding behaviors with low responsiveness.
Permissive Very warm, understanding, supportive, low demanding behaviors with high responsiveness
Neglectful Deficient of warmth, supervision, and control