The Root Cause Of Violent Crime: The Breakdown Of Marriage, Family, And Community




Crime rates only show the occurrence of crimes committed at a specific time. However, the numbers are just figures, and they will never be the solution to the problem. Studies have shown that one of the significant causes of criminality starts right at the criminal’s home – the family the criminal.


The Causes Of Criminal Personality


No Father Figure

Statistics have shown that a large number of people who committed a crime grew up in homes where there was only one parent present. Usually, they grew up with their mothers who were separated or divorced from their fathers. It just shows that there is no father figure present for the child while growing up. The presence of the father indicates strong authority that will keep the child in strict discipline and obedience. Most mothers tend to soften up or give in to the child’s uncharacteristic wants but the father won’t. Thus, a father shapes up the child’s virtue in knowing the right thing.




It’s Not About The Race

There are no indicators that connect a person’s race towards criminal activities. Whether the person is black or white, both have equal chances of getting involved in a crime. However, studies indicate that there is a significant number of crime doers who come from a broken home and a black race. It was further revealed that black families have higher chances of splitting up compared to white families.

Jennifer Kromberg, PsyD said “So a woman’s early relationship with dad, who is usually the first male object of her love, shapes her conscious and unconscious perceptions of what she can expect and what is acceptable in a romantic partner (for heterosexual women).”

Love Deprived Of Children

Children who were not loved enough by their parents have higher chances of committing crimes. Children, especially during their formative years, need affection as a symbol of love from their parents. It will help them feel safe and secure. The kids will turn into loving and considerate individuals growing up. Children who experience the opposite will grow up insecure and unsure of themselves. It will then lead to getting involved in vices, wrong crowds, and, in the end, commit crimes. Love is deprived of children due to many factors such as parents having a mental illness, parents experiencing depression, unconventional family setup, and so many more.


Kathy Hardie-Williams, MEd, MS, NCC, LPC, LMFT said “The challenges of modern parenting certainly add a layer of complexity.”

 Family Foundation

Children coming from homes where there is lack of emotional attachment from parents have higher chances of getting involved with a crime. It is regardless if both parents are present or just one.


The Solution To The Problem

The best way to solve the problem is to address the cause. In the case of criminality, it is suggested that parents should be more involved in the child’s formative years. And for those who are seeing the early warning signs of a delinquent child, it is best that the parents try to rebuild their bond.


Although crime rates have significantly dropped over the years, people should be vigilant enough especially with their children. There is a significant number of crime doers who are still in their teenage years and who are even under their parents’ care. With this, families should look closer into their family dynamics and find a solution if early signs are already showing.


Always be nice and kind when communicating to a child. According to Bonnie Zucker, PsyD, “We really want to be sensitive to not telling them what to feel.”