Keeping it in the family: Parental influences on young people's attitudes to police

Sargeant, Elise and Bond, Christine E. W. (2013) Keeping it in the family: Parental influences on young people's attitudes to police. Journal of Sociology, 51 4: 917-932. doi:10.1177/1440783313482817

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Author Sargeant, Elise
Bond, Christine E. W.
Title Keeping it in the family: Parental influences on young people's attitudes to police
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2013-05-23
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783313482817
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 51
Issue 4
Start page 917
End page 932
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Prior research finds young people are less satisfied with police than their older counterparts. Despite this, our understanding of youth attitudes to police is limited, as most research has focused on adult attitudes to police. This study adds to our understanding by examining the influence of parent–child dynamics on youth attitudes to police. We predict that youth attitudes to police will be influenced by their parents’ attitudes. A survey of 540 school students in South East Queensland reveals that perceived parental attitudes to police are associated with youth attitudes to police. However, this effect is partially mediated by maternal, but not paternal attachment. These findings suggest that youth attitudes to police are not simply influenced by contact with police and delinquency, but that familial context is important. Consequently, our theoretical understanding of youth attitudes to police must move beyond a focus upon police contact and delinquency.
Keyword Attitude attribution
Attitudes to police
Parental attachment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 23 May 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2014 Collection
School of Social Science Publications
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Created: Wed, 21 Aug 2013, 07:59:44 EST by Ms Elise Sargeant on behalf of School of Social Science