Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 1–14 | Cite as

Family interactions of assaultive adolescents, stealers, and nondelinquents

  • Rolf Loeber
  • Wendy Weissman
  • John B. Reid


Eleven adolescent chronic offenders apprehended for assaultive crimes in the community were observed in their family homes. This group was matched with 11 adolescents apprehended for stealing and with 11 adolescents with no court contact. Assaultive adolescents, unlike their controls, ranked significantly higher among their own family members in terms of their total aversive behavior in the family home. The results support the notion that assaultive adolescents are more involved with fighting with their siblings in the family home and consequently have had more practice in fighting than their controls, thereby preparing them for assaultive behavior in the community. Assaultive adolescents had more female siblings than male siblings, whereas nondelinquent adolescents had more male than female siblings.


Family Member Family Interaction Family Home Male Sibling Female Sibling 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Reference notes

  1. 1.
    Reid, J. B., Patterson, G. R., & Loeber, R.The abuse child: Victim, instigator, or innocent bystander? Paper presented at the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, October 1980.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Patterson, G. R. The socially aggressive child. In G. R. Patterson & J. B. Reid (Eds.),Systematic common sense: A therapist's manual. Problem solving with families of aggressive children. Manuscript in preparation, Oregon Social Learning Center, 1980.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Loeber, R., & Janda, W.Mother intervention in sibling fighting. Manuscript in preparation, Oregon Social Learning Center, 1982.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Patterson, G. R., & Stouthamer-Loeber, M.Parental discipline and children's antisocial behavior. Unpublished manuscript, Orgeon Social Learning Center, 1981.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Patterson, G. R., Stouthamer-Loeber, M., & Loeber, R.Parental monitoring and antisocial child behavior. Unpublished manuscript, Oregon Social Learning Center, 1981.Google Scholar


  1. 6.
    Burgess, R. L., & Conger, R. D. Family interactions in abusive, neglectful and normal families.Child Development, 1978,49, 1163–1173.Google Scholar
  2. 7.
    Craig, M. M., & Glick, S. J. Ten years' experience with the Glueck Social Prediction Table.Crime and Delinquency, 1963,9, 249–261.Google Scholar
  3. 8.
    Clonkin, J. E.Robbery and the criminal justice system. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1972.Google Scholar
  4. 9.
    Elliott, D. S., & Voss, H. L.Delinquency and dropout. Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath and Co., 1974.Google Scholar
  5. 10.
    Farrington, D. P., & West, D. J. A comparison between early delinquents and young aggressives.British Journal of Criminology, 1971,11, 341–358.Google Scholar
  6. 11.
    Harris, A., & Reid, J. B. The consistency of a response class across school settings for individual subjects.Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 1981,9, 219–227.Google Scholar
  7. 12.
    Hirschi, T.Causes of delinquency. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969.Google Scholar
  8. 13.
    Hood, R., & Sparks, R.Key issues in criminology. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1970.Google Scholar
  9. 14.
    Loeber, R. The stability of antisocial child behavior.Child Development, 1982,53, 1431–1446.Google Scholar
  10. 15.
    Maccoby, E. E., & Jacklin, C. M.The psychology of sex differences. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1974.Google Scholar
  11. 16.
    McCord, J. Some child-rearing anticedents of criminal behavior in adult men.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1979,9, 1477–1486Google Scholar
  12. 17.
    Newson, J., & Newson, E.Seven year old in the home environment. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1976.Google Scholar
  13. 18.
    Olweus, D. Stability of aggressive reaction patterns in males: A review.Psychological Bulletin, 1979,86, 852–857.Google Scholar
  14. 19.
    Olweus, D. Familial and temperamental determinants of aggressive behavior in adolescent boys: A causal analysis.Developmental Psychology, 1980, 644–660.Google Scholar
  15. 20.
    Patterson, G. R.Coercive family processes. Eugene, Oregon: Castalia Publishing Company, 1982.Google Scholar
  16. 21.
    Reid, J. B. (Ed.),A social learning approach to family interaction, II: Observation in home settings. Eugene, Oregon: Castalia Publishing Company, 1978.Google Scholar
  17. 22.
    Reid, J. B., & Hendriks, A. F. C. J. A preliminary analysis of the effectiveness of direct home intervention for treatment of pre-delinquent boys who steal. In L. A. Hamerlynck, L. C. Handy, & E. J. Mash (Eds.),Behavior therapy: Methodology, concepts, and practice. Champaign, Illinois: Research Press, 1973.Google Scholar
  18. 23.
    Reid, J. B., & Patterson, G. R. The modification of aggression and stealing behavior of boys in the home setting. In E. Ribes-Inesta & A. Bandura (Eds.).Analysis of delinquency and aggression. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1976.Google Scholar
  19. 24.
    Schuck, J. R. The use of causal nonexperimental models in aggression research. In J. De Wit & W. W. Hartup (Eds.),Determinants and origins of aggressive behavior. The Hague: Mouton, 1974.Google Scholar
  20. 25.
    Sears, R. R., Maccoby, E. E., & Levin, H.Patterns of child rearing. New York: Harper & Row, 1957.Google Scholar
  21. 26.
    Snyder, J. J. Reinforcement analysis of interaction in problem and nonproblem families.Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 1977,86, 528–535.Google Scholar
  22. 27.
    Steinmetz, S. K. Sibling violence. In J. M. Eckelaar, & S. N. Katz (Eds.).Family violence. Toronto: Butterworths, 1978.Google Scholar
  23. 28.
    West D. J., & Farrington, D. P.Who becomes delinquent? London: Heinemann, 1973.Google Scholar
  24. 29.
    Wilson, H. Parental supervision—a neglected aspect of delinquency.The British Journal of Criminology, 1980,20, 203–235.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf Loeber
    • 1
  • Wendy Weissman
    • 1
  • John B. Reid
    • 1
  1. 1.Oregon Social Learning CenterEugene

Personalised recommendations