Date of Award:

1976

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Special Education and Rehabilitation

Abstract

There has been some speculation that abuse/neglect may lead to later antisocial behavior by the abused/neglected child. It was the vi purpose of this project to determine the frequency of abuse/neglect in the population at the State Industrial School and to compare the types of crimes committed by abused/neglected delinquents with those delinquents not abused/neglected.

The subjects consisted of all the adolescents committed to the State Industrial School. During the research project, 159 adolescents were at the State Industrial School. Of those, 63 had data in their files indicating some form of abuse or neglect.

The findings of the study showed that significantly more abused/neglected delinquents commit authority protest crimes than other categories of crimes. Also, significantly more abused/neglected adolescents are found at the State Industrial School than those not abused/ neglected.

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