The development of parenting style typologies has led to a number of studies that have linked them to
delinquency. Although a number of studies have shown that parenting style typologies have a link with delinquency,
studies have not shown whether there were distinct trajectories of parenting styles and delinquency. These studies have
not considered this in a sample of only African-Americans. Using data from the NLSY97 that only contains 725 African-
Americans, our results show that three distinct trajectory groups of parenting styles are present for residential mothers and
for residential fathers. In addition, we show that three distinct trajectory groups of delinquency are present. Our results
show that a joint analysis of the intersection of these trajectories does not clarify the links between parenting styles and
delinquency over time. Implications and directions for future research are highlighted.