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NCJ Number: 140337 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Typology of Violent Delinquent Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Psychiatry and Law  Dated:(Spring-Summer 1991)  Pages:63-78
Author(s): A C Mezzich; G Coffman; J E Mezzich
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA 05952; DA 05605
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study identified four types (stable behavioral handicapped, brighter and reactive late starter, early frequent, and serious offender) and two higher order types (fair adaptive functioning late starter and undersocialized aggressive early starter) as relevant to the identification of violent adolescents.
Abstract: The study sample consisted of a consecutively recruited group of 135 violent delinquent adolescents (VDA's) who were referred to the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic over a 2-year period by the Juvenile Court of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh. The sample ranged in age between 12 and 19 years, the ratio of males to females was 7:1, and blacks comprised 42 percent of the sample. Information was obtained on demographic characteristics of the VDA's; developmental, social, educational, family, and delinquent history; medical, neurological, and psychopathological history; and educational and neuropsychological status. Offenses considered violent were homicide, rape, arson, robbery, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and assault. The assessment process proved useful in identifying adolescents who were already violent delinquents and those who may be at risk for becoming violent delinquents, creating effective matched treatment and prevention procedures, and investigating etiological mechanisms of criminal behavior. 35 notes and 6 tables
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Juvenile offender classification; Pennsylvania
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