ERIC Number: ED145324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Behavioral and Environmental Characteristics of Delinquent Youths as Related to Recidivisim.
Chase, Mary M.
This study examined the usefulness of certain sociodemographic and psychological measures for explaining and predicting postrelease recidivism among youths treated in the New York State Division for Youth rehabilitation programs during 1971-1972. Changes in hostile behaviors were related most to program structure, but passive and work-related behaviors were related more to personal relationships. However, there was no relationship between improved behaviors during treatment and subsequent recidivism. The discussion considers the problems of isolating delinquency-specific program adjustment behaviors, some possible similarities and differences among differential treatment experiments, and the possibility that even gross behavioral and treatment classifications may uncover differential treatment effects. Suggested implications include the need to study postrelease environments to better understand the treatment-transfer process and some identifying characteristics of youths who might be good risks for less intensive treatment. (Author)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Patterns, Delinquency Prevention, Environmental Influences, Juvenile Courts, Prediction, Psychological Testing, Recidivism, Rehabilitation Programs, Social Influences, Social Science Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. Journal Supplement Abstract Service.