This study was an investigation of the proportions of male and female adolescents who commit violent crime and also exhibit depression or conduct disorder. The National Comorbidity Survey: Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A) database of 10,148 surveyed male and female adolescents was examined to determine adolescents who reported having been arrested for committing a violent crime or committing a violent crime without being apprehended (the violent crime group) and who had also been diagnosed with depression or conduct disorder according to DSM-IV-TR criteria. Findings showed that 72 (22.9%) of the 314 violent males had been diagnosed with depression and 146 (46.5%) with conduct disorder. Fifty-nine (44.4%) of the 133 violent females had been diagnosed with depression and 61 (45.9%) with conduct disorder. Chi-square tests revealed that the proportion of violent females with depression was significantly larger than the proportion of males (P = 0.001). There was no significant difference between violent males and females in diagnoses of conduct disorder.
|Advisor:||Earnest, Jim, Yerke, Adam|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Clinical Forensic Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Adolescent crime, Adolescent violent crime, Conduct disorder, Depression, Violent crime, Violent females|
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