ERIC Number: ED111866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Development of Measures for the Assessment of Delinquent Adolescents: A Pilot Study of Predictive Validity Based on a Sample of Pre-Trial Detainees. Final Report.
Freeberg, Norman E.; Echternacht, Gary J.
This report explores the validity of measures for eventual use in assessing attitudinal and cognitive skills of delinquent adolescents. Ten measures of a battery along with a reading test were administered to adolescent males, 14 to 18 years of age, held in pretrial detention. The 11 tests were validated against 37 criterion variables encompassing post-detention performance outcomes in areas of social, community, and job adjustments. Criterion information was obtainable from about one-quarter of the sample who could be followed up about 6 to 11 months after release. Some descriptive characteristics were: they read at a "functionally illiterate" level; 67 percent had obtained full-time employment mostly in low paying, poor quality jobs; they adjusted fairly in terms of family and community relations, and expressed a desire to stay out of trouble. In terms of validation content, eight measures produced patterns of significant validities to support their potential for further development as guidance tools applicable to adolescent offenders. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.