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NCJ Number: 139864 Find in a Library
Title: P -- V Sign in Corrections: Is It a Useful Diagnostic Tool?
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:19  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1992)  Pages:372-383
Author(s): A Walsh
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The article argues that the P is greater than V sign cannot be dismissed as a diagnostic or predictive tool because it has been shown to be unrelated to a series of personality traits.
Abstract: Intellectual imbalance in either direction, that is, V is greater than P or P is greater than V, proves a useful predictor of the probability of becoming delinquent. For a sample of 513 male juvenile delinquents, P is greater than V proved not to be an artifact of lower overall intelligence quotient (IQ), lower verbal IQ, or socioeconomic status. Once a youth becomes delinquent, the frequency and severity of delinquent involvement can be predicted by the degree of P is greater than V discrepancy with socioeconomic status and race held constant. In sum, the P is greater than V sign emerges as a valuable tool of corrections psychologists. A V is greater than P profile can be regarded a marker predictive of good behavior in the general population and a P is greater than V profile a marker predictive of delinquent behavior in the general population. 1 table and 23 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Delinquent behavior; Personality assessment
Index Term(s): Criminality prediction; Intelligence-crime relationships; Male juvenile delinquents; Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
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