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Title: Adolescent Stealers' and Nonstealers' Social Problem-Solving Skills
Journal: Adolescence  Volume:32  Issue:125  Dated:(Spring 1997)  Pages:51-55
Author(s): L Greening
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 5
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Eleven adolescents with a history of stealing in the past year were compared to 11 nonstealers on social problem-solving skills.
Abstract: The Means-Ends Problem Solving (MEPS) test was used to measure the subjects' ability to develop a step-by-step plan for solving hypothetical social problems. Recognition of socially appropriate alternatives for solving a social dilemma was assessed by asking the adolescents to select the best of three alternatives for achieving the goal for a MEPS story. Although the sample size was small, social-cognitive problem-solving skills were found to relate significantly to delinquent behavior. Specifically, adolescents with a history of stealing were found to show some difficulty in considering the passage of time for solving social problems. In addition, those who exhibited delinquency tendencies were found to show a bias for generating passive solutions. The findings show the relevance of considering specific social-cognitive deficits rather than global social problem-solving skills in relation to adjustment problems in adolescence. By evaluating the social-cognitive deficits of adolescents who exhibit behavioral and social problems, their poor social judgment may be better understood. 13 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquents; Socially challenged; Theft causes; Theft offenses
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