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Crime Social Class By L Hartigan Why are crime rates higher among some social groups than the others Are some groups more prone to crime or are they in situations more conducive to crime Many factors can influence a person to commit a crime but is there a common trait that lead people down the road to actually committing a crime Some traits that can influence criminal behavior are Families Economic status Gender Race and Age FAMILIES MARRIAGE Married life domesticates but also can cause strain and difficulties There are new conflicts that arise from people getting married Often it is the first major decision of ones life and soon there are more bills more relatives conflicting plans children your spouse might die and annoying habits that your spouse may have emerge in most relationships these can all be overcome in time as divorce stats indicate society is not yet to the point where for every marriage there is a coinciding divorce A correlation rises from low incomes increased uncerta inty and fear and increased personal frustration These factors put family life under a strain and lead to an increase in child and spouse abuse1 If these new challenges can not be overcome then a broken home is the most common result A broken family can generate in different ways death separation divorce These are the most common but not all possible reasons for a broken home There are two ways to observe a break in a family Husband-wife and Parent- Child In addition less than one-third 31 of the inmates were married at the time of admission to a correctional facility compared with almost two-thirds 63 of adults aged 18 and over in the general population2 DEATH The death of a partner can cause an unstable mind in a surviving spouse and their children Widowed people are chiefly older so crime is a smaller more limited problem with the survivors
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