There are many perspectives to look at when trying to identify delinquency in adolescents. The researchers chose to look through the lens of family structure and influences to understand one perspective as to how family plays a role in adolescent behavior. The purpose of the research was to learn the ways in which family structure, parental involvement, and social influence affect an adolescent’s behavior in life as it related to delinquency. Many different aspects of the effect of parental and social influences may have on their children will be discussed. Those influences include parents’ substance abuse/alcohol abuse, parents’ marital status, and violence in the family.