ERIC Number: ED204680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Delinquents' Attributions for Their Own Behavior.
Ruback, R. Barry; Jurkovic, Gregory J.
Very little attribution research has examined subjects' self-attributions for important behaviors. When asked to identify reasons for committing criminal offenses, 60 institutionalized male delinquents cited primarily situational factors. This tendency to explain delinquent behavior appeared to be independent of chronological age, and indicative of an unwillingness to accept responsibility. Delinquents generally rated their reasons for criminal offenses more favorably than their perceptions of a judge's reaction to their reasons, a difference positively related to age and negatively related to number of reported offenses. Results suggest that this evaluation measure may be a useful indicator of socio-cognitive maturity. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (27th, Atlanta, GA, March 25-28, 1981).