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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
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Family Member Family Interaction Family Home Male Sibling Female Sibling 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

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

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