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ERIC Number: ED002534
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 13
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MEASUREMENT AND PREDICTION OF MALADJUSTIVE BEHAVIOR.
KVARACEUS, WILLIAM C.
A COMMUNITY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IN AN EFFORT TO PREVENT AND CONTROL JUVENILE DELINQUENCY ONLY IF THE FOLLOWING ARE OPERATIVE--A POSITIVE COMMUNITY ATTITUDE, A KNOWLEDGE OF THE DELINQUENCY PHENOMENON, EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF THE PREDELINQUENT AND DELINQUENT, EARLY REFERRAL FOR STUDY AND DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT THROUGH COORDINATION OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES. A DISCUSSION OF THE METHODOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES USED BY THE COMMUNITY WORKER IN THE PROCESS OF EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF THE PREDELINQUENT IS PRESENTED. AT LEAST SEVEN INSTRUMENTS OR METHODS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE PREDICTION OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR, NONE IS HELD TO BE INFALLIBLE. PREDICTION METHODOLOGY IS GENERALLY BASED ON SEVERAL PREMISES--TYPES OF BEHAVIOR ARE CONTINUOUS, A "FACTOR MODALITY" IS PRESENT IN ALL DELINQUENTS, STIMULUS VARIABLES IN CLASS AND SUBCULTURE ARE INOPERATIVE, AND THE SUBJECT'S SITUATION IN LIFE WILL REMAIN CONSTANT. THESE PREMISES RARELY HOLD TRUE FOR LONG, EVEN IF THEY DID, SEVERAL PROBLEMS IN TEST CONSTRUCTION AND VALIDATION WOULD STILL BE PRESENT. VALIDATION DESIGN IS EXPENSIVE AND DIFFICULT. THE TYPE OF DELINQUENT BEING IDENTIFIED MUST BE SPECIFIED--NEUROTIC, SOCIALIZED, OR UNSOCIALIZED. LOCAL VARIABLES MUST BE ACCOUNTED FOR. THE MECHANICS OF ADMINISTERING THE TEST MUST OVERCOME THE PROBLEMS INHERENT IN TESTING THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO IS A POSSIBLE DELINQUENT.
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Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA