nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Thinking about rioters' parents

I've heard a fair amount about rioters' parents (both in regards to the big riots in London and the smaller but still problematic flash mobs in Philadelphia) needing to take charge of their children. Now that I think about it, I've seen a rather refreshing lack of demands for more corporal punishment, but I'm still wondering what's actually known.

The parents of rioters might tend to be rather vague and lax-- this seems to be the usual assumption. However, the parents might be chaotically abusive, or thieves and bullies themselves who've raised their children to be the same, or not there at all. A BBC piece this morning had someone who mentioned that there are a lot of homeless teenagers in London-- no mention of whether this is more likely to be a result of the teenagers leaving their parents' houses (this happens often enough because of abuse) or being thrown out.

Is there any research on the subject?

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