Developmental Variables in a Sample of Serious Adolescent Offenders

Elizabeth Cauffman, University of Pittsburgh

This study is the first to measure a broad range of indicators of developmental maturity in serious adolescent offenders. These measures focus primarily on aspects of psychosocial maturity that may be related to decision making regarding future offending (e.g., impulsivity, orientation to the future, emotional regulation) and on relationships toward significant others (e.g., romantic partners, parents. The internal consistency and validity of these types of measures for this sample will be reported. In addition, the relationships among several of these measures will be examined.

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