Parents key to teen crime

Newstalk ZB 28 Oct 06
Keeping parents together will help arrest the rise in teenage crime. That is according to family advocates, who cite research showing children from solo parent families are more likely to commit crime. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie says there needs to be counselling available for parents, so they can make sure they are on the right track. He says it is far too easy for parents to just give up on marriage and that is hurting their children. Mr McCoskrie says not every marriage is saveable, but more of an effort needs to be made. He says ensuring teenage boys have positive male role models will help stem the rise in youth violence.