Physique and Delinquent Behavior

Physique and Delinquent Behavior

A Thirty-Year Follow-Up of William H. Sheldon's Varieties of Delinquent Youth

1st Edition - January 28, 1982

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  • Authors: Emil M. Hartl, Edward P. Monnelly, Roland D. Elderkin
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264622

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Physique and Delinquent Behavior: A Thirty-year Follow-Up of William H. Sheldon's Varieties of Delinquent Youth is a progress report on the lives of 200 men. The men detailed in this book started as boys in the middle 1930s that included runaways, truants, and delinquents. They became adults during the fluid socioeconomic, political and cultural times in the Unites States. The book defines the psychiatric variables and presents brief biographies of these men. The authors then apply a statistical review of the careers of these men that included 20 cases in a normal group, 90 cases in a second-order psychopathic groups, 12 cases in a borderline psychopathy group, 11 cases in a first order psychopathy group, and 16 cases of alcoholism. The rest are also classified in other groups such as gynephrenosis, criminality, or medical insufficiency. The authors point that an increasing probability of gynephrenotic difficulty in men whose ratings diverge far from that of the male mean. The authors also note that the constitutional approach they applied can explain some complex relation between biology and sex-related behavior. This book is suitable for behavioral scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, students and professors in the sciences of human behavior.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    1 Orientation

    Definitions of the Concepts Basic to the Constitutional Approach

    2 The Psychiatric Variables

    Definitions of Abnormal Manifestations of Temperament

    3 Biographies of the 200 Men

    4 Statistical Review

    Descriptive Statistics

    Multivariate Statistical Analysis

    5 Research Implications of the Study

    6 Clinical Application of the Constitutional Method

    Constitutional Method: Theoretical Perspective

    Clinical Application with Troubled Youth

    Group Living

    A Well Balanced Staff

    Is the Constitutional Method Deterministic?

    Appendix 1. Checklist for Rating Andromorphy and Gynemorphy

    Appendix 2. The Scale for Temperament

    Appendix 3. Checklist for the Primary Psychiatric Components

    Appendix 4. Instruction for Posing Subjects for Somatotype Photography

    Appendix 5. Checklist of the Superior Reaction Patterns: Hyperphrenic Balance or Humor

    Appendix 6. Panel Ratings

    Appendix 7. Diagnostic Outcome Groups



Product details

  • No. of pages: 602
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1982
  • Published: January 28, 1982
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264622

About the Authors

Emil M. Hartl

Edward P. Monnelly

Roland D. Elderkin

About the Editor

David T. Lykken

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