ERIC Number: ED263460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Normal Adolescent Development and Delinquency Proness Prediction.
Tolan, Patrick H.
The concept of juvenile court and juvenile delinquency as distinct from adult crime is grounded in the idea of allowing adolescents more consideration because they are not quite adults, cognitively, psychologically, or socially. These developmental progressions within the individual and complementary societal changes in how the individual is viewed suggest that adolescent development and delinquency may be tied. A normative sample of 337 adolescent males, aged 11-18, is used to present a set of analyses of patterns of delinquent behavior and psychosocial correlates to this behavior. Data on delinquent behavior patterns are presented which indicate that most delinquency is transient and often limited to the adolescent years. Results of correlational analyses of the relationship of delinquent behaviors across three stages of adolescence for three areas - family relations, social relations, and vocational orientation - are also presented. Longitudinal studies of continuing and discontinuing delinquents and studies of relatively effective interventions are briefly noted. It is concluded that, although the analyses are preliminary, the findings indicate that for many adolescents delinquent behavior may be related to normal developmental tasks. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).