A behavioral cluster analysis of male juvenile offenders
Wright, Lori E. Stowers
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The present study hypothesized that a cluster analysis of the index scores on the Behavior Assessment System for Children self-report profiles would derive clusters of different subtypes of male juvenile offenders in terms of adaptive and maladaptive skills. An examination of the relationship between demographics, number and type of offenses to cluster types will also be discussed. Social Learning theory was used as the theoretical framework. Developmental issues were discussed in terms of the social cognitive mechanisms involved in the development of disorders of conduct. The study sample included 385 Georgia male juvenile offenders ages 12-17. There were three clusters found after using a clustering method involving a two-step procedure: a Ward hierarchical analysis followed by an iterative cluster partitioning via a K-means analysis. This study will add to research in the area of juvenile offenders and the nature of juvenile delinquency.