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NCJ Number: 207285 Find in a Library
Title: What Do We Think?: Investigating the Attitudes and Life Goals of Young Offenders
Journal: International Journal of Police Science & Management  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:Autumn 2004  Pages:126-135
Author(s): Gemma Shears
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This British study examined whether life goals and attitudes differ among young offenders, those at risk of becoming offenders, and nonoffenders.
Abstract: The three study samples consisted of 25 offenders (21 male, 4 female); 25 youth at risk of offending (17 male, 8 female); and 25 nonoffenders (6 male, 19 female). All 75 of the study participants were between the ages of 10 and 17. Part B of the Goal Setting Self-Regulation Questionnaire was modified after a pilot study to leave 54 questions that measure the level of importance youth attach to specific life goals. The second phase of the study involved administering the questionnaire for a second time to only the sample of young offenders (n=20), after they had participated in a course designed to change attitudes and values that fostered their criminal behavior. This study yielded findings similar to those of Carroll, Hattie, Durkin, and Houghton in finding differences in life goals among the three groups. Support was especially strong for the findings that delinquent youth attach more importance to delinquency and freedom/autonomy goals as well as goals related to the achievement of a social image. Nonoffenders, on the other hand, gave more importance to educational and interpersonal goals and goals related to an academic image. Findings related to the effects of the intervention program were inconclusive because of the difficulties of attributing attitudinal and life-goal changes to program elements. A longitudinal approach is recommended for future studies. 2 tables and 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Antisocial attitudes; Attitude change; Attitude measurement; Attitudes toward education; Comparative analysis; Foreign criminal justice research; Juvenile offender attitudes
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