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For instance Jackson and Foshee (1998) found a relationship between how well parents responded to the child when they were needed (which they termed ‘responsive parenting’) and a parent’s inclination to have rules and expectations (termed ‘demanding parenting’) and the development of antisocial behaviour. More responsive and demanding parents were associated with lower levels of delinquency in their children. 1 and several studies suggest that delinquent families are more likely to use power assertion style whereas parents of non-delinquents use more induction and love withdrawal styles.

Roesch and McLachlan (2007) have brought together an encyclopaedic collection of papers dealing with these issues, emphasizing assessment and treatment. A more distilled set of accounts is provided in McGuire et al (2000). This rapidly growing area of study and practise seems set to continue expanding into ever wider areas of research and application. This will in part be shaped by developments in criminality. It will also be influenced by the areas of success that psychologists have already had, leading to the opening of doors into as yet unseen areas of law enforcement and offender rehabilitation.

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