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ERIC Number: ED079634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Pages: 22
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A Longitudinal Study of the Correlates of Children's Social Behavior.
Feldhusen, John F.; And Others
Major contributing factors to delinquency appear to be: (1) the imcompetence and indifference of teachers in dealing with underachievement and misbehavior in school; (2) parental incompetence in handling discipline; (3) lack of affective relationships; (4) poorly developed family cohesiveness; (5) strong cultural or social pressures favoring delinquent behavior; and (6) an abundance of delinquent peer models. This study collected data, in four phases, on 192 aggressive-descriptive youngsters and 192 prosocial youngsters and their families from 1961 to 1972 in an effort to predict the probability of law contacts and juvenile court appearances for each child, his social adjustment as rated by teachers, rank in high school graduating class, and academic performance. The best predictors were IQ, social adjustment, scores on the Behavior Problems Checklist and the Glueck Scale, teacher grades, sex, and school performance. Study results indicate that longrange predictions of delinquency and related conditions can be made quite accurately using multivariate analyses. Such predictions can be useful in identifying youngsters having high probability of becoming delinquent, and those particular variables for which remedial assistance may be needed. (Author/NMF)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Meeting, February 26 - March 1, 1973, New Orleans, Louisiana