Parental criminality and entry into parenthood among sons and daughters

C. Bijleveld, D. Huschek, A.C. Liefbroer

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n this article, we examined to what extent parental offending influences the timing of entry into parenthood of children. Based on a literature review, we hypothesized that children of delinquent parents would be more likely to enter into parenthood at a relatively young age, and that part of that association could be explained by differences between children of delinquent and non-delinquent parents in the timing of entry into marriage and in their own delinquent behaviour. Using data from a five-generation study of high risk families in the Netherlands, we found that parental delinquency increases the chance of early childbearing among daughters, but not among sons. Among sons, parental delinquency increased son's delinquency, suggesting that parental delinquency has different consequences for the life courses of their sons and daughters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-90
JournalAdvances in Life Course Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • intergenerational effects
  • offending
  • parenthood
  • demographic transitions
  • delinquency
  • parental criminality
  • SSCI

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