Children born in this situation live in a state of confusion that ultimately leads to anger. They learn not to respect any authority, because as they mature they realize that for various reasons (jail, incomplete education, drug and alcohol problems, domestic violence) their main authority figure(s) are not worthy of respect. The only time they "learn" if their behavior is bad is when is when a bigger person (Mom, Dad, Grandma, or whoever) hits them. They internalize the belief that, "If I'm not being hit, my behavior must be okay." And the end result? Adults that don't know how to parent and children that don't know how to be children and instead turn to violence.