Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Jerome G. Manis

Second Advisor

Chester L. Hunt

Third Advisor

Milton J. Brawer

Fourth Advisor

Roy H. Rodgers

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



This study is an attempt to explore several aspects of the influence of the family upon the occurrence of problem behavior among children.1 Essentially it deals with a comparison of the occurrence of problem behavior among two groups of children: (1) children in the homes where the father is absent because of death, divorce, separation or desertion; and (2) children in homes where both parents are present.

In the past the "broken home" has received a great deal of attention is delinquency research. The physical presence of absence of a parent has not been found to be highly correlated with delinquent behavior when relevant factors such as age, ethnic background and type of neighborhood were controlled. Nevertheless, the association between delinquency and the broken home has been consistently supported.2