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Two Boys, Similar Backgrounds:

One Goes To Prison

and One Does Not: Why?

Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW

Copyright 2010 Jane Gilgun

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Summary

Picture two boys growing up in the same neighborhood. Both are 10, live in middle-class neighborhoods, are intelligent, and witnessed their fathers beating their mothers. Their fathers beat both of them. Both experienced sexual abuse. The person who sexually abused Rob was his father. The person who sexually abused Marty was an older kid in the neighborhood.

One will grow into responsible adulthood: optimistic, a loving husband and father, and a dependable employee. The other will become a prison inmate.

What makes the difference in these two lives? This article tells their stories.

Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW, is a professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA.

Two Boys, Similar Backgrounds:

One Goes to Prison and one Does Not: Why?

Picture two boys growing up in the same neighborhood. Both are 10, live in middle-class neighborhoods, are intelligent, and witnessed their fathers beating their mothers. Their fathers beat both of them. Both experienced sexual abuse. The person who sexually abused Rob was his father. The person who sexually abused Marty was an older kid in the neighborhood.

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