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NCJ Number: 48751 Find in a Library
Title: PERSONAL SPACE, SEX OF EXPERIMENTER, AND LOCUS OF CONTROL IN NORMAL AND DELINQUENT ADOLESCENTS
Journal: PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORTS  Volume:38  Dated:(1976)  Pages:383-387
Author(s): S J BECK; T H OLLENDICK
Corporate Author: Psychological Reports
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Psychological Reports
Missoula, MT 59807
Sale Source: Indiana State University
Dept of Psychology
Terre Haute, IN 47809
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PERSONAL SPACE REQUIREMENTS OF 28 DELINQUENT AND 28 NONDELINQUENT ADOLESCENT MALES (AGES 13 TO 17) ARE COMPARED.
Abstract: THE SUBJECTS, ALL OF WHOM WERE WHITE AND MIDDLE-CLASS, WERE SELECTED AT RANDOM FROM STUDENTS ENROLLED AT A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS AND AT A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL. THE PERSONAL SPACE MEASURE IS THE DISTANCE AT WHICH A YOUTH'S SUBJECTIVE DISCOMFORT CAUSED HIM TO TELL THE EXPERIMENTER TO STOP APPROACHING HIM. THE OVERALL PERSONAL SPACE INDEX CONSISTS OF THE TOTAL DISTANCE REQUIRED BY THE SUBJECT FOR APPROACHES FROM FOUR DIRECTIONS: FRONT, LEFT, RIGHT, AND REAR. THE DELINQUENTS DID NOT DEMAND GREATER PERSONAL SPACE THAN DID THE NONDELINQUENTS. BOTH GROUPS REQUIRED GREATER PERSONAL SPACE WHEN APPROACHED FROM THE REAR THAN WHEN APPROACHED FROM THE FRONT. BOTH GROUPS ALLOWED FEMALE EXPERIMENTERS TO APPROACH CLOSER THAN MALE EXPERIMENTERS. ALTHOUGH THE DELINQUENTS WERE MORE EXTERNALLY ORIENTED THAN THE NONDELINQUENTS, THIS PERSONALITY VARIABLE DID NO AFFECT PERSONAL SPACE REQUIREMENTS. TABULAR DATA ARE NOT INCLUDED. A LIST OF REFERENCES IS PROVIDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--LKM)
Index Term(s): Behavior; Juvenile Delinquent-nondelinquent comparisons; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Studies
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