Oasis11 - I agree with you. I also think that this is how kids get hooked on smoking and drugs and become promiscuous when they are young because they are modeling behavior of kids that they aspire to be like.
They usually do not have any positive role models which is why the peer group is so influential. This is also why groups like Big Brothers and Big Sisters are so important because they help kids at risk model positive behavior and see alternatives to the negativity that they may see.
It has been reported that girls that come from a home with an absentee father seek love from boys and may become promiscuous.
Boys that grow up without a father figure also develop identity issues and may channel their anger in illegal activity that leads to jail because no one is around to point them in the right direction.
Dr. Phil recently stated that the same sex parent has the biggest influence on the child of the same sex. This is why if we do not offer positive role models and limit television programming our children will find their own role models through vicarious observational learning and end up with a troubled life.