Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Liberal Arts


English & World Languages


College of Arts & Humanities

Committee Chair

Dr. Anthony Caton

Program Director

Dr. Deborah Wilson


Today, divorce is at an all-time high in the United States. Divorce not only impacts adults, but it greatly impacts children. The number of children affected by divorce has increased dramatically since the 1950s. Many studies over the years have linked juvenile delinquency, deviancy, and antisocial behavior to children who have experienced a parental divorce. I believe there is a connection between juvenile delinquency and parental divorce. In this paper, I will explore how existing research has proven that parental divorce and juvenile delinquency are connected. This article focuses on the impact of divorce on children through various characteristics such as socioeconomic status, family structure, social support, mental health, and academic performance. It will explain how these certain characteristics each impact the role of delinquency.