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NCJ Number: 32722 Find in a Library
Title: CHARACTERISTICS OF SELF-REPORTED VIOLENT OFFENDERS VERSUS COURT IDENTIFIED VIOLENT OFFENDERS
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY AND PENOLOGY  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(FEBRUARY 1976)  Pages:69-87
Author(s): F MANN; C J FRIEDMAN; A S FRIEDMAN
Corporate Author: Academic Press Ltd
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Academic Press Ltd
London Nw1,, England
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THIS STUDY COMPARED CHARACTERISTICS OF SELF-REPORTED AND COURT IDENTIFIED VIOLENT OFFENDERS TO DETERMINE IF THESE GROUPS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT AND IF CERTAIN FACTORS SEEM TO PREDISPOSE ONE GROUP TO APPREHENSION.
Abstract: SUBJECTS FOR THIS STUDY WERE 536 BOYS BETWEEN 15 AND 18 YEARS OF AGE. SUBJECTS WERE RECRUITED FROM THREE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES, A COMMUNITY-BASED JOB TRAINING PROGRAM, AND A LOCAL INNER CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL. COMPARISONS OF THE SELF-REPORTED AND COURT IDENTIFIED VIOLENT OFFENDERS WERE BASED UPON EXTENSIVE TESTS AND QUESTIONNAIRES YIELDING PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIOLOGICAL, DEMOGRAPHIC, FAMILY BACKGROUND AND INTERACTION, AND LEGAL DATA. THE DATA WERE ANALYZED USING A MULTIPLE REGRESSION ANALYSIS. THE FINDINGS OF THE STUDY REVEALED SEVERAL COMMONALITIES AMONG YOUTHS WHO WERE ARRESTED FOR COMMITTING A VIOLENT ACT AND THOSE WHO ADMITTED DOING SO BUT WERE NEVER CAUGHT. FOR BOTH GROUPS, THE MOST POWERFUL 'PREDICTORS' OF THEIR VIOLENCE WERE FAMILY-RELATED MEASURES SUCH AS LACK OF INVOLVEMENT IN CONSTRUCTIVE FAMILY FUNCTIONS, PARENTAL DEFIANCE, OR DISRUPTIVE FAMILY BEHAVIOR. SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE GROUPS WERE ALSO FOUND. APPREHENDED YOUTHS WERE CHARACTERIZED BY MORE ALIENATION FROM FAMILY, FUTURE FUTILITY, LOWER INTELLIGENCE, POORER PLANNING ABILITY, AND PROBLEMS WITH AUTHORITY THAN THE SELF-REPORT GROUP. IMPLICATIONS OF THESE FINDINGS ARE DISCUSSED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Arrest and apprehension; Behavior patterns; Comparative analysis; Crime Causes; Demography; Home environment; Psychological evaluation; Self concept; Violent offenders
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