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Title: Typology of Juvenile Offenders Based on the Judgments of Juvenile Court Professionals
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:22  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:246-262
Author(s): F Dicataldo; T Grisso
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: MH-35090
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used cluster analysis of variables in juvenile cases to achieve a typology of juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The 93-item domain of variables was formed on the basis of variables that juvenile court professionals nominated as important in their practice of making decisions about youthful offenders. A large sample of juvenile court workers selected cases in which they had made decisions and used each of the variables in the domain to describe the juvenile. The analysis produced three well-separated clusters. Cluster 1 delinquents, labeled immature, were seen as emotionally disturbed with unmet needs, less likely to be charged with violent offenses, and likely to have engaged in prior offenses. Cluster 2 (socialized) consisted of youths who were involved in conventional school activities, had not presented special behavior problems in the past, and were not likely to have been involved in prior delinquent behaviors. Cluster 3 (mature delinquent) included youthful offenders who had a more extensive delinquent history and more behavioral difficulties at school and at work. Their pattern of offenses was seen by professionals as being less socialized and more resistant to rehabilitative interventions. 1 table and 28 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Cluster analysis; Courts; Juvenile offender attitudes; Offender profiles
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