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ERIC Number: ED167861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Do Female Delinquents Drift?
Regoli, Robert M.; Poole, Eric D.
Youths who approved of adventurous, youth-oriented activities were likely to be more involved in delinquent behavior than those who did not, but no relationship was found between approval of more serious offenses and extent of delinquent involvement. Based on questionnaire responses from institutionalized girls in two juvenile reformatories, findings indicate that attitudes of those engaging in serious delinquent activity were similar to the attitudes of those who did not. This argues against the common assumption that delinquents have values different from nondelinquents. Instead, support emerged for the argument that delinquents drift into and out of delinquent behavior. It appears that individuals engage in delinquent behavior because they are periodically released from moral constraint. (BN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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