Assessing Personality, Attitudes, and Behaviors
We will consider in this chapter a group of instruments designed to assess aspects of the youth’s personality, behavior patterns, and attitudes. The personality measures provide information about relatively stable dispositions of the individual; depression, psychosis, and psychopathy are representative of the constructs encountered in these measures. A second set of measures are based on rating scale and checklist formats. These are designed for the collection of information on overt behaviors and attempt to characterize the youth in terms of constructs such as conduct disorder, social withdrawal, or anxiety. The third set of measures include structured and semistructured interview schedules for assessing personality traits and behavioral dispositions, while a fourth set, the attitudinal measures, attempt to assess cognitions that the young person holds regarding issues such as criminal activity, the courts, and drug use.
KeywordsCriminal Activity Interview Schedule Young Offender Attitudinal Measure Childcare Worker
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