Youth in conflict with the law: Drugs, sex and violence
LE3 .A278 2005
Bachelor of Science
The purpose of the present study is to examine sexually aggressive youth and violent youth on several constructs to provide useful data to augment the current literature on youth crime. Research in this field is relatively new, having begun only in the past 25 years. Six hypotheses were proposed. First, young persons who offend violently will have higher rates of drug use than sexually aggressive youth. Second, young persons who offend sexually will have higher rates of alcohol use. Third, young persons who offend violently will be more likely to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their offence than sexually aggressive youth. Fourth, youth with a history of offences will display a progressive increase in seriousness of offence. Fifth, violent youth and sexually aggressive youth will not differ in scores on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version. Finally, Hare PCL:YV scores will be positively correlated with the severity of the crime for which the adolescent underwent the assessment, as measured by the Cormier-Lang System for Quantifying Criminal History. Results supported hypotheses one, three, four and five. Further implications of the results will be discussed.
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