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NCJ Number: 52239 Find in a Library
Title: TYPOLOGIES OF DELINQUENT GIRLS - SOME ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES
Journal: SOCIAL FORCES  Volume:44  Dated:(MARCH 1966)  Pages:401-408
Author(s): E W BUTLER; S N ADAMS
Corporate Author: University of North Carolina Press
Marketing Manager
United States of America
Date Published: 1966
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Rockville, MD 20857
University of North Carolina Press
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288
Grant Number: MH-00718
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS PAPER REPORTS AN EFFORT TO DEVELOP A SYSTEM THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS FOR ASSIGNING GIRLS TO DIFFERENTIAL TREATMENT MODALITIES AT THE LAS PALMAS SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
Abstract: THE STUDY SAMPLE CONSISTED OF 139 GIRLS FROM THE LAS PALMAS SCHOOL, A RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER FOR GIRLS. NINETY-FIVE OF THESE GIRLS RESIDED AT THE INSTITUTION AS OF NOVEMBER 30, 1963, AND THE REMAINING GROUP CONSISTED OF GIRLS WHO WERE RELEASED PRIOR TO THIS DATE OR WHO SUBSEQUENTLY WERE PLACED AT THE SCHOOL. THE GIRLS COMPRISED 14 MONTHS OF CONSECUTIVE INTAKE. THEY DISPLAYED A NUMBER OF DISCERNIBLE CHARACTERISTICS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GENERAL SCHOOL POPULATION OVER TIME. THE SCHOOL STAFF EXPRESSED DISSATISFACTION WITH PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS AND SUSPECTED THAT TRADITIONAL THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES WOULD NOT BE EFFECTIVE FOR MANY OF THE GIRLS. A TYPOLOGY WAS NEEDED THEREFORE THAT COULD BE EMPLOYED REALISTICALLY AND EFFECTIVELY WITHIN THE INSTITUTION. THE INTERPERSONAL MATURITY LEVEL SYSTEM WAS INCORPORATED SUCCESSFULY INTO THE CLASSIFICATION PROCEDURES AT THE INSTITUTION. THE SYSTEM SUGGESTED STAFF STYLES, TREATMENT MODALITIES, AND ETIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF TYPES OF DELINQUENTS ON THE BASIS OF THE PERCEPTION AND THE BEHAVIOR OF THE GIRLS. AN EFFORT WAS MADE ALSO TO OBJECTIFY THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE INTERPERSONAL MATURITY LEVEL TYPES THROUGH AN ANALYSIS OF THE JESNESS PSYCHOLOGICAL INVENTORY, A 155-ITEM INVENTORY CONCERNING ATTITUDES TOWARD SUCH DIVERSE FACTORS AS FAMILY, POLICE, SCHOOL, AND SELF. THIS ATTEMPT FAILED, ALTHOUGH THE ANALYSIS HELPED UNCOVER COVERT MANIPULATORS EARLY IN THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION PROCESS AND APPEARED TO BE A STEP FORWARD IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN OBJECTIVE, GENERAL TYPOLOGICAL SYSTEM. TABULAR DATA ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--KJM)
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies; California; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Female juvenile delinquents; Juvenile offender classification; Juvenile treatment methods; Treatment offender matching
Note: REVISED VERSION OF A PAPER PRESENTED TO THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, MONTREAL, CANADA, DECEMBER 1964
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