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04/13/2012

Criminal behavior of girls reduced by good relationship with mother

Mental health problems also play a role

Girls less often show criminal behavior than boys. Thessa Wong investigated this worldwide phenomenon in her PhD research project. She found that the more a mother is aware of what her child is interested in and the fewer delinquent friends her adolescent daughter has, the smaller the chance that she will show criminal behavior. Wong’s research also demonstrates that girls more often show criminal behavior when they have mental health problems, when their mother has a lax parenting style or when they have a poor relationship with their mother.

> For more information, please read the PhD thesis.



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