Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 241-248

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

  • Mark D. WeistAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine Email author 
  • , David A. PaskewitzAffiliated withUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine
  • , Chianti Y. JacksonAffiliated withTowson State University
  • , Deborah JonesAffiliated withUniversity of Georgia

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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.

Urban Youth Self-Report Delinquency Psychosocial School Attendance