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NCJ Number: 30414 Find in a Library
Title: DELINQUENTS AND NONDELINQUENTS IN THE PUERTO RICAN SLUM CULTURE
Author(s): F FERRACUTI; S DINITZ; E ACOSTA DE BRENES
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 265
Sponsoring Agency: Ohio State University Press
Columbus, OH 43210
Sale Source: Ohio State University Press
Hitchcock Hall, Room 316
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN EXAMINATION OF DELINQUENCY AS A CULTURAL PHENOMENON, SEEKING TO ISOLATE THOSE SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS, PERSONAL RESPONSE MECHANISMS, AND PERSONALITY TRAITS WHICH MAY DIFFERENTIATE DELINQUENTS FROM NON-DELINQUENTS.
Abstract: THE RESEARCH IS BASED ON STEPWISE MULTIDISCRIMINANT FUNCTION ANALYSIS OF DATA BASED ON SOCIAL HISTORIES, PSYCHIATRIC EXAMINATION, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING, AND PHYSICAL AND NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION OF OVER TWO HUNDRED TEST SUBJECTS LIVING IN SLUM AREAS OF PUERTO RICO. WHILE CORRELATION OF INDIVIDUAL VARIABLES TO DELINQUENCY WAS NOT FOUND TO BE STRONG, RETROSPECTIVE ERROR FREE CLASSIFICATION OF ALL SUBJECTS AS DELINQUENT OR NON-DELINQUENT WAS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH THE USE OF 13 VARIABLES. THE AUTHORS CONCLUDE THAT DELINQUENCY SHOULD BE VIEWED AS A SUSTAINED COURSE OF ACTION, OR WAY OF LIFE, IN WHICH A YOUNG PERSON SEEKS TO COPE WITH A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT THAT CRITICALLY OVERTAXES HIS RESOURCES. BASED ON THEIR FINDINGS, RECOMMENDATIONS ARE OFFERED FOR PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND FURTHER RESEARCH.
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile Delinquent-nondelinquent comparisons; Puerto Rico; Socioculture
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