ERIC Number: ED045790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
Emotional Distress in Ghetto Delinquents.
The research data in this report were assembled as a basis for exploring the relationship between emotional distress or disturbance in both black and white adjudicated delinquents. The focus of inquiry was, for example, the relationship between emotional disturbance and being delinquent, the difference between black and white delinquents, and the relationship of emotional disturbance and socio-economic class. The subjects were court-adjudicated, residential delinquent males, age 16 to 18 years, who were consecutive admissions to state and private institutions. Of 470 subjects, 328 were black and 142 were white. A control sample of 367 non-delinquent black boys, matched with the delinquents for age, was recruited from the neighborhoods and schools from which the delinquents came. The data were assembled by means of a self-reporting test, called the Emotional Reaction Inventory, along with a broad spectrum battery of psychological tests. Some of the results include: (1) the association between living and growing up in a ghetto area and development of considerable emotional distress; (2) the tendency of lower-class Negro delinquent teenage boys to be more emotionally disturbed than their non-delinquent counterparts; and, (3) the fact that the white delinquents were found to be more emotionally disturbed than the black delinquents. (Author/JW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Philadelphia Psychiatric Center, PA.; Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Office of Children and Youth, South Philadelphia. Youth Development Center.