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NCJ Number: 121185 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of Self-Concept and Perceived Disapproval of Delinquent Behavior in School Children
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:345-359
Author(s): K Leung; S Lau
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: It is argued that a multidimensional approach to self-concept may reveal intricate relations between self-concept and delinquent behavior, and that perceived approval of delinquent behaviors from referent groups may be related to the frequency of their occurrence.
Abstract: To evaluate these hypotheses, 1668 students from Grade 7 to Grade 9 responded to a questionnaire that measured their general self-esteem; their self-concept with regard to physical ability, social ability, physical appearance, and academic ability; the frequency they committed 15 delinquent acts; and the perceived approval of committing these acts from their parents, teachers, and friends. Regression analyses indicated that poor academic self-concept and poor relationship with school and parents were related to a higher frequency of delinquent behavior. However, a higher frequency of delinquent behavior was related to a more positive self-concept with regard to social ability and physical ability. Finally, higher perceived approval from parents and peers was related to more delinquent behavior. Implications of these findings for identifying the antecedents and consequences of delinquent behavior were discussed. 3 tables, 1 figure, 37 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile Delinquent behavior
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Criminality prediction; Parent-Child Relations
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