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NCJ Number: 30720 Find in a Library
Title: EFFECTS OF BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION ON THE ATTITUDES OF DELINQUENTS
Journal: BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY  Volume:13  Dated:(1975)  Pages:295-299
Author(s): D S EITZEN
Corporate Author: Pergamon Press Limited
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Pergamon Press Limited
Oxford, OX3 0BW, England
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THE ATTITUDES OF DELINQUENT BOYS IN A COMMUNITY-BASED HOME THAT USES BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION PRINCIPLES ARE CONTRASTED OVER TIME WITH A COMPARABLE CONTROL GROUP; THE RESULTS INDICATE SUBSTANTIAL ATTITUDE IMPROVEMENT.
Abstract: A QUESTIONNAIRE WAS DEVISED WHICH INCLUDED SCALES OF ACHIEVEMENT ORIENTATION, INTERNAL-EXTERNAL ATTITUDES. MACHIAVELLIANISM, AND SELF-ESTEEM. THE QUESTIONNAIRE WAS ADMINISTERED TO EACH BOY AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS STAY IN THE COMMUNITY HOME, AFTER 4 MONTHS, AFTER 9 MONTHS, AND AT THE COMPLETION OF HIS STAY. THE RESULTS WERE COMPARED WITH THOSE OF A CONTROL GROUP OF EIGHTH GRADE BOYS FROM THE SAME COMMUNITY. THE RESULTS SUGGEST THAT THE DELINQUENT BOYS TEND TO IMPROVE DRAMATICALLY IN SELFESTEEM AND FROM EXTERNALITY TO INTERNALITY, ACTUALLY SCORING MORE FAVORABLY IN EACH CASE THAN THE CONTROL GROUP. FINALLY, THE DELINQUENT BOYS ARE SLIGHTLY LESS MACHIAVELLIAN THAN THE CONTROL GROUP AND THIS DID NOT CHANGE ACROSS TIME. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Behavior modification; Comparative analysis; Male juvenile delinquents; Motivation; Questionnaires; Self concept
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