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NCJ Number: 50526 Find in a Library
Title: RELATING PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS TO JUVENILE OFFENSE CATEGORIES - DIFFERENCES BETWEEN STATUS OFFENDERS AND JUVENILE DELINQUENTS
Journal: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY  Volume:34  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1978)  Pages:80-84
Author(s): M W R STOTT; P V OLCZAK
Corporate Author: Clinical Psychology Publishing Co
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Clinical Psychology Publishing Co
Brandon, VT 05733
Erie Cty Family Court Psychiatric Clinic
Buffalo, NY 14202
Sale Source: Erie Cty Family Court Psychiatric Clinic
25 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
United States of America
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A STUDY ANALYZING THE JESNESS INVENTORIES OF 72 MALE JUVENILE OFFENDERS SUGGESTS THAT STATUS OFFENDERS ARE MORE PSYCHOLOGICALLY DISTURBED THAN JUVENILE DELINQUENTS.
Abstract: ALTHOUGH THE JUVENILE DELINQUENT IS THE MORE SERIOUS OFFENDER, THE EXPECTATION THAT DELINQUENTS WOULD BE MORE PSYCHOLOGICALLY MALADJUSTED HAS NOT BEEN BORNE OUT BY RESEARCH. PRIOR RESEARCH INDICATED THAT BY THEIR THIRD COURT APPEARANCE, NO DIFFERENCE IN FELONY CHARGES EXISTED BETWEEN THOSE FIRST CHARGED WITH STATUS OFFENSES AND THOSE FIRST CHARGED WITH FELONIES. IN FACT, STATUS OFFENDERS HAD A HIGHER RATE OF RECIDIVISM. BASED ON THIS DATA, IT WAS HYPOTHESIZED THAT PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES WOULD BE FOUND BETWEEN JUVENILE DELINQUENTS AND STATUS OFFENDERS AND THAT STATUS OFFENDERS WOULD APPEAR MORE DISTURBED. FOR THIS PURPOSE, 72 MALES WHO HAD BEEN ADJUDICATED AS JUVENILE OFFENDERS (36 AS STATUS OFFENDERS AND 36 AS JUVENILE DELINQUENTS) WERE GIVEN THE JESNESS INVENTORY TEST, A TEST DESIGNED FOR USE IN THE CLASSIFICATION AND TREATMENT OF DISTURBED CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS. THE INVENTORY CONSISTS OF 155 TRUE-FALSE ITEMS DESIGNED TO MEASURE SUCH THINGS AS SOCIAL MALADJUSTMENT, VALUE ORIENTATION, IMMATURITY, AUTISM, ALIENATION, MANIFEST AGGRESSION, WITHDRAWAL, SOCIAL ANXIETY, REPRESSION, AND DENIAL. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SHOWED THAT STATUS OFFENDERS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE DISTURBED. TREATMENT AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINDINGS ARE DISCUSSED CONCERNING APPROPRIATENESS OF COURT JURISDICTION OVER STATUS OFFENDERS. SUPPORTING DATA AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (MPK)
Index Term(s): Emotional disorders; Juvenile Delinquent-nondelinquent comparisons; Psychological evaluation
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