Personality patterns of delinquent females: ethnic and sociocultural variations

J T Gibbs
Journal of Clinical Psychology 1982, 38 (1): 198-206
Identified personality patterns of delinquent females and determined the relationship of ethnicity and socioeconomic status to delinquent personality patterns. A sample of 48 white, black and Hispanic adjudicated delinquents, aged 13-18, of three SES levels, was obtained from a suburban Bay Area probation department. Ss were administered the Diagnostic Interview for Borderlines, the Rorschach and the WAIS or WISC-R. Analysis of test profiles revealed four "personality patterns:" Borderline (N = 7), antisocial (N = 14), neurotic (N = 18) and socialized delinquent (N = 9). Personality patterns differed significantly among ethnic and SES groups. White delinquents were more likely to be neurotic than blacks or Hispanics. Middle-class delinquents were more likely to be neurotic than lower-class delinquents. Implications of the results are discussed in terms of the assessment and treatment of female delinquents, particularly the need to match treatment interventions to specific delinquent personality patterns.

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