ERIC Number: ED063559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Prediction of Youth Contacts with Law Agencies over An Eight Year Period.
Feldhusen, John F.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability with which youngsters' contacts with law enforcement agencies could be predicted over an eight year period, to determine the significant predictors, and to develop a practical system for early prediction of delinquency and early identification of its causes. A special nomination instrument was prepared and submitted to all the teachers of Grades three, six, and nine throughout an entire county in Wisconsin. This instrument was used to select a representative sample according to classroom behavior, grade level, home location, and sex. Some results are as follows: persistent aggressive-disruptive classroom behavior clearly heralds the onset of delinquent behavior, sex and home location (urban or rural) are both significant predictors of delinquency, and IQ was also found to be a predictor of delinquency, delinquents being significantly lower than other youngsters in intelligence. It was suggested that the results of this research be used to predict future contacts of individual youngsters with law-enforcement agencies. (BW/Author)
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Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN.; Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison.
Note: A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 3-7, 1972