Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 241–248

Self-Reported Delinquent Behavior and Psychosocial Functioning in Inner-City Teenagers: A Brief Report


    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine
  • David A. Paskewitz
    • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Chianti Y. Jackson
    • Towson State University
  • Deborah Jones
    • University of Georgia

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022684031414

Cite this article as:
Weist, M.D., Paskewitz, D.A., Jackson, C.Y. et al. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev (1998) 28: 241. doi:10.1023/A:1022684031414


Evaluated psychosocial characteristics of inner-city ninth graders exceeding a cutoff for clinically significant delinquent behaviors (n = 27), as compared to youth whose self-reported delinquent behaviors fell below this cutoff (n = 136). Youth reporting high levels of delinquent behavior reported more life stress, depression and anxiety, lower self-concept, and less cohesive families than other students. Females reporting high levels of delinquent behavior were more likely to have poor classroom and school attendance than other females; this relationship did not hold for males.

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