Check out Dr. Cavanagh's latest article, How Does Juvenile Offending Relate to Mothers’ Aspirations and Expectations for Their Sons? in the Journal of Research on Adolescence. We found that mothers of juvenile justice system involved youth expectations for their child's success were lower than their aspirations, reflecting a discrepancy between what mothers felt was important for their child’s future and what they considered likely to happen. As their children continued to engage in delinquent acts, mothers’ expectations for their sons’ future success diminished, particularly for younger youths.
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