ERIC Number: ED104069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Changing Patterns of Delinquent Behavior Among Americans 13 Through 16 Years Old: 1967-1972. National Survey of Youth Report No. 1.
Gold, Martin; Reimer, David J.
Compared was the self-reported delinquent behavior among representative samples of approximately 1,400 American Boys and girls (13-to 16-years-old) during national surveys in 1967 and 1972. Adolescent Ss from 48 states were individually interviewed by a young adult of the same sex. Results indicated an increase in illicit drug (primarily marijuana) use, while the incidence of other kinds of delinquency declined among boys and remained stable among girls. The marked increase in drug use form 1967 to 1972 appeared to be a function of variables such as greater autonomy granted to adolescents by their parents, growing parental tolerance of marijuana use, and perceptions among teenagers of drug use as a more normal peer activity. (Appended are footnotes, explanations of survey items and correlational statistical tables). (Author/LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Research Center for Group Dynamics.