ERIC Number: ED118669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Violent and Antisocial Behavior: A Longitudinal Study of Urban Youth.
Fagan, Ora Simcha
THis study identifies the social, familial, and childhood characteristics which predict and explain the development of antisocial behavior. It also examines the extent to which violent antisocial behavior presents a distinct entity with its unique etiological processes. Several major studies which purportedly attempted to identify the causes and explain the development of antisocial behavior and/or its expression in criminal behavior were seen to be methodologically limited. This study is considered to overcome these difficulties in several ways. It is based on a random sample drawn from the community and representing a cross section of the population. Information was collected in a survey interview from all mothers. As indicated by a later search of records, with the exception of a small minority (two percent of the cases), this interview preceded the child's labeling as a 'delinquent'. This information includes both parental and child behavior. A follow-up interview provides a source of information on changes which took place and hence an opportunity to differentiate the outcome and correlates of antisocial behavior from its antecedents. Finally, antisocial and violent behavior were measured both on the basis of cumulative agency records and as reported by the mother at the time of the second interview. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)