Special Issue "Parenting, Aggressive Behavior in Children, and Our Violent World"


A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Joanne Savage
Department of Justice, Law and Society, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8043, USA
E-Mail: jsavage@american.edu
Phone: +1 202 885 2974
Interests: criminology; violent crime; causes of crime; parenting and the development of violence; media violence; persistent, chronic offending; socioeconomic factors and crime; long-term violent crime trends in Washington, D.C.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Good parenting has been seen by many as the cornerstone of a healthy society. As part of the social contract, parents are expected to raise their children to comply with norms of ethical behavior to promote the common good. In some cases, parental neglect, abuse, rejection, poor role modeling, mental illness, and the like are thought to cause physical aggression in children which is associated with more serious violent behavior in youth. This special issue of Societies is dedicated to the role of parenting in the social problem of violent crime. We invite a broad range of contributions related to parents or parenting and aggressive behavior in children, parenting and violent behavior in juveniles, relevant theory, including papers which might question the importance of parenting or relate it to other social problems such as mental health, neighborhood deterioration, or alcohol and drug abuse.

Dr. Joanne Savage
Guest Editors


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  • parenting
  • parent criminality
  • parent alcohol and drug abuse
  • parent mental illness
  • parental abuse

Published Papers (2 papers)

by , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  and
Societies 2014, 4(1), 45-67; doi:10.3390/soc4010045
Received: 1 November 2013; in revised form: 17 December 2013 / Accepted: 10 January 2014 / Published: 22 January 2014
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by , ,  and
Societies 2014, 4(3), 414-427; doi:10.3390/soc4030414
Received: 26 May 2014; in revised form: 30 July 2014 / Accepted: 4 August 2014 / Published: 13 August 2014
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Last update: 21 November 2013

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