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NCJ Number: 50000 Find in a Library
Title: VIOLENCE AND THE TAPPING TEST
Journal: CRIME ET/AND JUSTICE  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:(NOVEMBER 1977)  Pages:225-231
Author(s): J M ANDREW
Corporate Author: University of Ottawa
Dept of Criminology
Canada
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1E5, Canada
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: A MOTOR COORDINATION TEST IS INVESTIGATED AS A POSSIBLE PREDICTOR OF FUTURE VIOLENT BEHAVIOR AMONG MALE AND FEMALE JUVENILE OFFENDERS. MOTOR EXCITABILITY IS CORRELATED STRONGLY WITH PAST VIOLENT BEHAVIOR.
Abstract: A TAPPING TEST, ORIGINALLY DEVELOPED FOR USE IN DIAGNOSING ORGANIC BRAIN DAMAGE, WAS GIVEN TO 16 FEMALE AND 29 MALE OFFENDERS IN THE SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, EXPERIMENTAL PROBATION DEPARTMENT. ALL OF THE OFFENDERS WERE CONVICTED OF ACTS INVOLVING VARIOUS DEGREES OF VIOLENCE AND WERE REFERRED FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION. THE SCORES ON THE TAPPING TEST GENERALLY WERE RELATED TO THE DEGREE OF VIOLENCE OF THE OFFENDERS' PAST BEHAVIOR. FOR ANGLO MALES THERE WAS A STRONG CORRELATION BETWEEN TAPPING SPEED AND VIOLENT BEHAVIOR, BUT A SIMILAR CORRELATION WAS NOT FOUND FOR ANGLO FEMALES. THE SCORES OF NON-ANGLO FEMALES, HOWEVER, WERE JUST AS HIGH AS NON-ANGLO MALES, AND FOR BOTH THE TAPPING SPEED WAS CORRELATED WITH VIOLENT BEHAVIOR. OTHER STUDIES ARE REVIEWED WHICH SHOW THAT PERSONS WITH NORMAL INTELLIGENCE HAVE LOWER TAPPING SPEEDS THAN PERSONS WITH HIGH INTELLIGENCE. FURTHER TESTING IS RECOMMENDED TO INVESTIGATE THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ETHNIC BACKGROND, VIOLENT BEHAVIOR, INTELLIGENCE, AND TAPPING SPEEDS. THE SCORING SHEET USED TO EVALUATE THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE OF PAST BEHAVIOR IS INCLUDED. TEST RESULTS ARE GIVEN IN NARRATIVE FORM. REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): California; Crime prediction; Juvenile delinquency factors; Prediction; Problem behavior; Psychological evaluation; Violence; Violent offenders
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