Chronic self-destructive behavior in normative and delinquent adolescents

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  • The Chronic Self-Destructiveness Scale (CSDS) and the Psychopathic Deviate and Hypomania scales of the MMPI were administered to 112 delinquent adolescents and to 141 high-school students. Both male and female delinquents reported significantly higher levels of chronic self-destructiveness. Significant positive correlations between the CSDS and the MMPI scales were found for all groups. The results indicate that delinquent males have high levels of chronic self-destructiveness attributable to these personality variables; however, other cultural variables may intervene. The results for delinquent females were similar to those of high-school males. Thus, these findings raise questions about societal influences and the definitions of delinquent behavior. © 1992.
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  • Dolin IH; Kelly DB; Beasley TM
  • Start Page

  • 57
  • End Page

  • 66
  • Volume

  • 15
  • Issue

  • 1