ERIC Number: ED259290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
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Scoring the Rotter Incomplete Sentence Blank-High School Form in Facility Placed Male Juvenile Delinquents: Maladjustment or Artifact of Placement.
Noonan, John R.; Von, Judith M.
Although the Rotter Incomplete Sentence Blank (ISB):High School Form has been used to distinguish between normal and abnormal adolescents, it has been hypothesized that in facility placed juvenile delinquents' highly conflictual responses (i.e., those that index maladjustment) reflect removal from home and agency placement rather than long-term maladjustment. To test this hypothesis, 24 white, court-adjudicated male adolescents completed the ISB. Following initial scoring, sentence stem responses that were a direct result of facility placement (i.e., that mentioned the facility or emphasized removal from home) were eliminated. The ISB maladjustment scores were prorated to provide a sample of comparison scores that did not include responses pertaining to placement. Results showed that the mean maladjustment score prior to the elimination of agency-related responses was 150.8 with a standard deviation of 26.0. Following elimination of the agency-related responses and prorating of the protocols, the mean maladjustment score was 131.6 with a standard deviation of 25.7. An analysis of the sentence stems most likely to elicit agency-related responses showed that these stems were those which had been found in previous research to distinguish between agency placed youths and high school controls. The findings suggest the use of the scoring procedure alone may artificially elevate scores into the maladjustment range. The usefulness of the ISB in revealing longstanding conflicts is likely to be diminished by the intrusion of conflictual responses pertaining only to removal from home and placement in a facility. (KGB)
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