Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 541–551 | Cite as

Early life events as discriminators of socialized and undersocialized delinquents

  • Lisa J. Deutsch
  • Marilyn T. Erickson


The relationship between early life events and the socialized and undersocialized dimensions of conduct disorder was investigated. Subjects were 40 incarcerated male delinquents and their mothers. The mothers were administered the Children's Life Events Questionnaire and the Developmental Questionnaire. Youths were administered the Adolescent Parent Relations Scale. The results indicated that the undersocialized delinquents had a greater number of stressful life events during their first 4 years of life than did the socialized delinquents. Discriminant function analysis indicated that stressful life events during the 2nd and 4th years were the most important predictors of membership in the undersocialized group. The discriminant function generated was able to classify 82.5% of the sample correctly. The remaining variables did not significantly discriminate the groups.


Function Analysis Parent Relation Early Life Important Predictor Discriminant Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa J. Deutsch
    • 1
  • Marilyn T. Erickson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond

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