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NCJ Number: 78189 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Antisocial Behavior Check List
Journal: Journal of Clinical Psychology  Volume:36  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1980)  Pages:594-601
Author(s): E Ostrov; R C Marohn; D Offer; G Curtiss; M Feczko
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Illinois Law Enforcement Cmssn (see Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority)

Judith Baskin Offer Fund

Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Ctr
Chicago, IL 60616
Grant Number: A70-15
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article described the development and validation of a behavioral checklist that focuses on 55 adolescent inpatients' antisocial behavior.
Abstract: The Adolescent Antisocial Behavioral Check List (AABCL) is a behavioral scale consisting of 350 items that sample the extent of antisocial behavior manifested by delinquents in an institutional setting. The sample consisted of 30 males and 25 females (38 of whom were white) referred primarily by the juvenile court to the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute. Three tests were conducted to determine the validity of the checklist. Detailed analysis, which used multiple correlation techniques and included adjustments for the effects of sex, age, and social class, showed a strong relationship between the Impulsivity Index (as measured by Rorschach and Wechsler IQ scores) and AABCL-measured violent behavior. The relationship between violent behavior and reactivity to color on the Rorschach was particularly strong. Impulsivity was not associated with nonviolent behavior as measured by the AABCL. Results also showed that more violent boys rate themselves as emotionally healthier and better adjusted than do less violent boys, while more violent girls rate themselves as less emotionally healthy and well adjusted than their counterparts. Finally, a double-blind study of the effect of dextroamphetamine sulphate on a hyperkinetic delinquent patient showed that the target patient exhibited significantly more antisocial behaviors during the placebo period than during either the baseline drug period or the 2-week postplacebo drug period, while differences between the active drug period and the prestudy period were not significant. Tabular data, the checklist, 2 notes, and 25 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Bankruptcy fraud; Female juvenile delinquents; Illinois; Male juvenile delinquents; Self evaluation; Violence
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