Delinquency and reputational orientations of adolescent at-risk and not-at-risk males and females

Carroll, Annemaree, Houghton, Steve, Khan, Umneea and Tan, Carol (2008) Delinquency and reputational orientations of adolescent at-risk and not-at-risk males and females. Educational Psychology, 28 7: 777-793. doi:10.1080/01443410802269872

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Author Carroll, Annemaree
Houghton, Steve
Khan, Umneea
Tan, Carol
Title Delinquency and reputational orientations of adolescent at-risk and not-at-risk males and females
Journal name Educational Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-3410
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01443410802269872
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 28
Issue 7
Start page 777
End page 793
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 170103 Educational Psychology
939907 Special Needs Education
1702 Cognitive Sciences
Abstract This research investigated differences in delinquent activities and the reputational orientations of at-risk and not-at-risk male and female adolescents. Initially, we sought to establish that adolescent males and females differed in these respects. This was found to be the case: males (n = 722) scored significantly higher than females (n = 738) on seven self-reported delinquency variables and on eight reputation enhancement variables pertaining to social deviance, non-conforming reputation, and power/evaluation private identity. When a sample of 31 at-risk females was subsequently pair-wise age matched with 31 not-at-risk females, at-risk females scored significantly higher on all delinquency variables other than school misdemeanors. These at-risk females also scored significantly higher on four reputation enhancement variables relating to social deviance and non-conformity. Given that at-risk females did not differ from their not-at-risk counterparts in level of involvement in school misdemeanors, we sought to determine whether this was also the case for at-risk and not-at-risk males. An age-matched sample of 91 pairs revealed that at-risk males reported significantly higher involvement than not-at-risk males in all aspects of delinquency, including school misdemeanors. They also sought a more non-conforming reputation. To explore the relationships between delinquency and reputation enhancement, a canonical correlation analysis was performed. All findings are discussed in the light of reputation enhancement theory. © 2008 Taylor & Francis
Keyword Sex
Problem behaviour
Social identity
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