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ERIC Number: ED002814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960-Apr-30
Pages: 46
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RELATIONSHIP OF SCHOOL EXPERIENCES TO REPEATED DELINQUENCY AMONG BOYS WITH INTELLIGENCE IN THE BOTTOM FIFTH OF THE POPULATION.
WATTENBERG, WILLIAM W.
THE BASIC PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS TO DETERMINE WHAT SCHOOL EXPERIENCES ARE LINKED TO REPEATED DELINQUENCY AMONG BOYS WHOSE MENTAL TEST SCORES PLACED THEM IN THE LOWEST 20 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION. A SECOND OBJECTIVE WAS TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT TO WHICH SCHOOL ACCOMPLISHMENT OPERATES AS A PREDICTOR OF RECIDIVISM AMONG BOYS OF BELOW-AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE AS COMPARED WITH BOYS OF AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE. THIS STUDY CONSISTED OF TWO PHASES. IN THE FIRST PHASE OF THE STUDY, THE FINDINGS WERE SUGGESTIVE OF A PATTERN OF RELATIVE INCOMPETENCE LINKED TO THE DELINQUENCY OF BOYS HAVING LOW MENTAL TEST SCORES. THERE WAS SOME SIMILARITY TO THE PERSONALITY SYNDROME, PSYCHIATRICALLY DENOTED AS "INADEQUATE PERSONALITY." IN THE SECOND PHASE, THE FINDINGS WERE ABLE TO PROBE INTO THE EXPERIENCES AND ATTITUDES OF BOYS MATCHED ON CONFORMITY TO THE ABOVE PATTERN. THE KEY FACTORS WERE NOT CONNECTED MARKEDLY WITH ACADEMIC WORK. IN THAT AREA THE EXPERIENCES OF BOTH THE REPEATER AND NONREPEATER WERE UNIFORMLY UNSATISFACTORY. THE INVESTIGATOR RECOMMENDS MORE STUDY IN THE AREA OF SOCIAL PREDICTION, FULL-SCALE PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION, AND MORE CLASSROOM-APPROPRIATE METHODS FOR AIDING SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT TO MINIMIZE WHAT WAS THE CONCLUSION OF THIS REPORT--THAT LOW MENTAL SCORES ARE COUPLED WITH INTERPERSONAL DIFFICULTIES IN SCHOOL. (JL)
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Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI.
Identifiers: MICHIGAN; Michigan (Detroit)