skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 126531 Find in a Library
Title: Good Boy in a High Delinquency Area
Journal: Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology  Volume:48  Dated:(1957)  Pages:18-25
Author(s): W C Reckless; S Dinitz; E Murray
Date Published: 1957
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes a pilot study of delinquency that resulted in a profile of nondelinquent sixth grade boys who reside in high delinquency areas in Columbus, Ohio. The study collected information through interviews with teachers, mothers, the boys, and through the delinquency proneness and social responsibility scales of the Gough California Psychological Inventory.
Abstract: Out of the 192 students nominated by 30 sixth grade teachers, 125 were considered as insulated from delinquent behavior. The insulated boy is portrayed as one who is thought of as good, conventional, law-abiding, and mostly isolated from delinquent companionship. An examination of background characteristics of the 125 families presents data in terms of family integration and stability, affectional relationships in the family, the boy's attitudes and conceptions of self, and the nature of his interpersonal relationships outside the home. The development of the good boy profile is attributed to close maternal supervision, harmonious and stable family relationships, and an unusually firm presentation of non-deviant values to the exclusion of others. 4 references, 4 notes, and 1 table
Main Term(s): Juvenile Delinquent-nondelinquent comparisons
Index Term(s): Family support; Home environment; Juvenile delinquency factors; Ohio; Peer influences on behavior; Personality assessment
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.