Frustration reactions of delinquents using Rosenzweig's classification system

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A consecutive series of difficult puzzles was individually administered to a group of juvenile delinquents and to control within a 3 minute time limit each. Immediately after the end of the time period, each subject was asked to state whether the puzzle (1) could not be solved, (2) could be solved, (3) or was unfair. These responses were designed to reflect Rosenzweig's system of extrapunitive, intropunitive, and impunitive reactions to frustration. Results obtained indicated that “different groups may have, as a group, differing reactions to frustration, and despite the uncertainty of the accompanying emotions, that a system of classification such as Rosenzweig's is practical.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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