Correlates of recidivism and social adjustment among training-school delinquents

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Sought to identify the best predictors of delinquent recidivism and social adjustment among training school graduates and to compare delinquents' interpersonal response patterns with those of their parents. Ss were 30 male incarcerated property offenders aged 14-15 yrs. Data were collected pertaining to Ss' behavior before, during, and after incarceration. Parental Acceptance, Number Pre-Incarceration Nondelinquent Best Friends, and Delinquent's Total Interpersonal Effectiveness were significant predictors of recidivism. Parental Acceptance and Pre-Incarceration School Performance were significant predictors of Placement Setting Adjustment. Percent Structured Leisure Time and Pre-Incarceration School Performance were significant predictors of Post-Incarceration Work/School Performance. Ss whose fathers were characterized as aggressive on the basis of sons' reports tended to be significantly more aggressive than Ss with nonaggressive fathers, according to staff reports. Finally Ss who coped relatively effectively in interpersonal situations according to self-reports and staff reports tended to have parents who also coped effectively in similar situations, according to sons' reports. (French summary) (14 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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