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NCJ Number: 171022 Find in a Library
Title: Factor Analyses of the Chronic Self-Destructiveness Scale Among Delinquent and Non-Delinquent Adolescent Males
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:26  Issue:3/4  Dated:(1998)  Pages:141-156
Author(s): T M Beasley; I H Dolin
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents factor analyses of the Chronic Self-Destructiveness Scale among delinquent and nondelinquent adolescent males.
Abstract: The Chronic Self-Destructiveness Scale (CSDS) was administered to 80 putatively non-delinquent male high school students and to 101 delinquent males, revealing high internal consistency reliability for both groups. CSDS responses were factor analyzed independently, and separate three-dimensional oblique structures were found for each group. A major factor underlying the self-destructiveness of both groups involved alcohol use and other related risky behavior. For the high school males, two factors which distinguish between Active Responsibility and Passive Avoidance of duties also underlie their CSDS responses. The structure underlying self-destructiveness in delinquent males does not distinguish between active and passive forms of irresponsible behavior. An independent, "acting-out" factor, which did not emerge for the normative sample, was interpreted for the delinquents. Interestingly, just as male delinquents may not distinguish between active and passive forms of neglecting responsibilities, their high school counterparts may not distinguish between active and passive engagement in risky behavior. Tables, references, notes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Acting out behavior; Attitude measurement; Behavior patterns; Behavior typologies; Behavioral science research; Juvenile Delinquent-nondelinquent comparisons; Juvenile offender attitudes; Peer assessment; Risk taking behavior; Underage Drinking
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