ERIC Number: ED096342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May-31
Reference Count: N/A
The Environmental Deprivation Scale (EDS): The Role of Environmental Factors in the Analysis and Prediction of Criminal Behavior and Recidivism.
DeVine, M. D.; And Others
This report deals with the further validation of the Environmental Deprivation Scale (EDS) as a predictor of criminal behavior and recidivism. The EDS measures the degree of supportive environmental input through 16 items assessing occupation, organizational activities, and interpersonal relationships. The data were obtained in behavioral interviews with 128 prison releasees and validated against the Law Encounter Severity Scale, a five-part continuous criterion of criminal behavior. The EDS was found to be highly predictive of law encounters in terms of total score, clusters of items, and individual items. The results indicate the interpersonal relationships may provide the most important contribution to successful postrelease adjustment. The Maladaptive Behavior Record (MBR) and Weekly Activity Record (WAR), response counterparts of the EDS which measure an individual's behavior in response to his environment, correlate moderately with the EDS. (NTIS/RC)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Antisocial Behavior, Correctional Rehabilitation, Environmental Influences, Interpersonal Relationship, Interviews, Item Analysis, Predictive Validity, Prisoners, Recidivism, Statistical Analysis, Tests
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22151 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Rehabilitation Research Foundation, Montgomery, AL.