Maternal Employment and Juvenile Delinquency: A Longitudinal Study of Korean Adolescents

Joongyeup Lee, Hyunseok Jang, Leana A. Bouffard

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Historically, many have suggested that women's participation in the labor force has contributed to higher juvenile delinquency rates due to the extensive amount of time and attention that working mothers must spend outside the home and away from their children. Although some researchers have examined this hypothesis, findings are mixed and inconclusive. Using longitudinal data provided by the Korean Youth Panel Survey project, the effects of maternal employment on a child's propensity to commit general delinquency are examined. Results from hierarchical linear modeling analysis indicated that children of working mothers display a higher likelihood of becoming involved in delinquency. In addition, working mothers with higher educational backgrounds were more apt to have a child who commits delinquency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1064-1084
Number of pages21
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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