Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 241–248 | Cite as

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

  • Mark D. Weist
  • David A. Paskewitz
  • Chianti Y. Jackson
  • Deborah Jones
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Abstract

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 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark D. Weist
    • 1
  • David A. Paskewitz
    • 2
  • Chianti Y. Jackson
    • 3
  • Deborah Jones
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimore
  2. 2.University of Maryland School of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.Towson State UniversityUSA
  4. 4.University of GeorgiaUSA

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