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The Influence of Psychosocial Maturity on Adolescent Offenders' Delinquent Behavior
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Keith R. Cruise, Fordham University
  • Krissie Fernandez, Michigan Department of Corrections
  • Wendy K. McCoy, Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Laura S. Guy, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lori H. Colwell, Connecticut Valley Hospital
  • Tanisha R. Douglas, University of La Verne
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
4-1-2008
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Juvenile Delinquency; Adolescent Behavior; Violence; Adolescent
Abstract

Prior research has demonstrated the predictive utility of psychosocial maturity in understanding adolescents' decison making regarding antisocial behaviors and other legal decisions. This study investigated the influence of psychosocial maturity on adolescent offenders' self-report of delinquent behaviors over a 12-month time period. A total sample of 136 male and female juvenile offenders were recruited from two juvenile justice settings. Consistent with prior research, results indicated significant correlations between psychosocial maturity variables and self-reported delinquent behavior with the current results revealing a moderating effect of gender on these associations. Separate regression analyses were conducted for male and female juvenile offenders. After controlling for age and setting, the psychosocial maturity variable of temperance consistently predicted self-reported total, violent, and nonviolent delinquency for boys.

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Citation: Keith R. Cruise, Krissie Fernandez, Wendy K. McCoy, Laura S. Guy, Lori H. Colwell, Tanisha R. Douglas. The Influence of Psychosocial Maturity on Adolescent Offenders' Delinquent Behavior. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice April 2008 6: 178-194, doi:10.1177/1541204007313229
Citation Information
Keith R. Cruise, Krissie Fernandez, Wendy K. McCoy, Laura S. Guy, et al.. "The Influence of Psychosocial Maturity on Adolescent Offenders' Delinquent Behavior" Vol. 6 Iss. 2 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/laura_guy/19/