A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information has said that strict parenting is related to aggressive behavior and delinquency among youth. The study added that mental health factors like the ability to handle stress will play a major role in deciding if an adolescent will turn to criminal activity anytime soon.
Titled "Improving the Health of Canadians: Mental Health, Delinquency and Criminal Activity," the study analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth from Statistics Canada.
Advertisement"One of the things we wanted to do with this is really sort of step back and through a lens of mental health examine some of the factors that are associated with youth delinquency and criminal behaviour," said Jean Harvey, director of CIHI's Canadian Population Health Initiative.
The study found that youth who were prone to hyperactivity and depression as 12 or 13 year ols were more likely to indulge in delinquent acts involving property.
However when parents were caring and loving toward their children, there was less chance of kids meeting people with criminal bend of mind.
"Children that are connected to the school and they feel a positive bond to their community and their society ... had reduced delinquency," Harvey said. The study also found that 26 percent of youth who felt their parents rejected them were aggressive.