Heterogeneity in the Association Between Social-Emotional Adjustment Profiles and Deviant Behavior Among Male and Female Serious Juvenile Offenders

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Title Heterogeneity in the Association Between Social-Emotional Adjustment Profiles and Deviant Behavior Among Male and Female Serious Juvenile Offenders
Author Cauffman, Elizabeth; Piquero, Alex R.; Broidy, Lisa; Espelage, Dorothy L.; Mazerolle, Paul Joseph
Journal Name International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Editor George Palermo
Year Published 2004
Place of publication USA
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract This article examines the relation among gender, social-emotional adjustment, and deviant behavior among serious juvenile offenders. A sample of 105 adolescent offenders completed questionnaires assessing social-emotional characteristics and self-reported involvement in deviant behaviors. Results indicate significant associations between distress and restraint in predicting deviance, a finding that was invariant across gender. Analysis of four distinct social-emotional profiles found that membership in the reactive group was associated with the greatest amount of deviant behavior. Results also indicate that not only do serious offending girls internalize more than serious offending boys, they appear equally likely to externalize. However, although boys exhibit less distress than girls, those boys who report high rates of deviance may exhibit internalizing and externalizing problems similar to girls. The use of social-emotional measures in general, and distinct profiles in particular, may aid in targeting specific programming and treatment in an effort to provide offenders with more effective interventions.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ijo.sagepub.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306624X03261255
Volume 48
Issue Number 2
Page from 235
Page to 252
ISSN 0306-624X
Date Accessioned 2006-07-27
Date Available 2009-06-03T07:06:57Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/24002
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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