Theses and Dissertations


Sunmi Seo

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Hardman, Alisha M.

Committee Member

Phillips, Tommy M.

Committee Member

Peterson, Donna J.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


This study used secondary data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) to examine the relationship between adolescent delinquency and family processes (i.e., relationship to residential parents and autonomy), among single-mother and singleather families. The findings indicate that adolescents in single-mother families reported a higher quality relationship to residential parents than those living with singleathers. Additionally, the relationship to residential parents variable was modestly predictive of adolescent delinquency. However, the results indicate there is no statistically significant difference between rates of adolescent delinquency among single-mother and singleather families. Research and practical implications of this study are discussed.