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NCJ Number: 186856 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Attitudes Towards the Police: A New Generation
Journal: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology  Volume:15  Issue:1  Dated:Spring 2000  Pages:10-16
Author(s): David E. Brandt; Keith A. Markus
Editor(s): William U. Weiss Dr.
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study, conducted within the context of a pilot program designed to teach early adolescents dispute resolution skills and allow them to air their concerns about the police, investigated the attitudes of adolescents in New York City toward the police.
Abstract: The study sample included 161 students attending middle schools (grades 6 through 8) in New York City. Questionnaires were administered prior to the beginning of the three-session program. The first two sessions of the program taught dispute resolution skills, while the third session involved meeting with the police. Results indicated that, while attitudes toward the police were generally positive, girls held more positive attitudes toward the police than boys and adolescents who reported negative experiences with the police had less favorable attitudes toward the police. Confirmatory factor analysis of questionnaires yielded three factors: attitudes toward police behavior, attitudes toward interaction with the police, and attitudes toward interaction with other adults. Results generally agreed with those of other studies examining adolescent attitudes toward the police. The study questionnaire is appended. 24 references and 1 table
Main Term(s): Public Opinion of the Police
Index Term(s): Conflict resolution; Dispute resolution; Juvenile attitudes toward authority; New York; Police juvenile relations; Police research; Students; Urban area studies
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