Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 245–254 | Cite as

Adolescent verbal behavior

An investigation of noncontent styles as related to race and delinquency status
  • Rosemary Wool
  • Carl B. Clements


This investigation assessed the relationship of race and delinquent status with the noncontent verbal behavior of adolescent males. A standardized videotape interview was used to ensure consistent stimulus presentation. Sixteen white and sixteen black delinquents were compared with equal numbers of nondelinquents on the noncontent verbal measures of total time (performance time), units (frequency), and latency. It was predicted that nondelinquents would be more verbal than delinquents and whites would be more verbal than blacks. No racial differences were found. Delinquents, however, were found to talk significantly less than nondelinquents and to have significantly longer verbal latencies. Discussion of these results centered on the verbal demand characteristics of certain settings, such as classrooms and court hearings.


Performance Time Stimulus Presentation Racial Difference Verbal Behavior Adolescent Male 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosemary Wool
    • 1
  • Carl B. Clements
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AlabamaUSA

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