Date Approved

5-7-2004

Embargo Period

4-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Perez-Rivera, Katherine

Subject(s)

Juvenile delinquency--United States; Juvenile delinquents--Family relationships--United States; Parent and teenager--United States; Youth with social disabilities--United States

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

Family and social relationships have been identified as risk-factors for adolescent adjudication. Ninety-five participants between the ages of 13 and 19 were recruited from the Youth Empowerment System (YES) Shelter & Residential Treatment Facility, Camden Day & Residential Treatment Center, and Camden Catholic High School in Camden County, New Jersey. The participants were administered a survey designed by the experimenter and the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Chi-square analyses showed significant relationships between adjudication and who the legal guardian was, marital status of their biological parents and legal guardian, their relationship with their legal guardian, biological parents' criminal record and drug/alcohol addictions, households on welfare, and race. Two-parent households. preferably consisting of the biological parents, and positive parental relationships may help prevent adolescent adjudication and delinquent behaviors.

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Psychology Commons

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