THE SERVICE-RELATED EXPERIENCE OF JUVENILE DELINQUENTS. VI. THE PREDICTIVE VALUE OF EDUCATION IN A SECOND DELINQUENT SAMPLE AND IN A NORMAL CONTROL GROUP.
Annual rept. for fiscal year ending 30 Jun 69,
MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS INST OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT
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The study is a replication of work described in the preceding report on the relationship between educational level and outcome in service, for a group with a history of juvenile delinquency N367, and for a randomly selected cross section of the school population from the same area N522. These two samples were obtained in a second state, located in another part of the country from the Minnesota sample reported previously. Separate tables and graphs have presented the relation between educational level and a acceptance or moral rejection for service, and b outcome in the military services, comparing the two new samples with each other and with the Minnesota delinquent sample N2564. This study confirmed results of the preceding report, which indicated that among delinquents there was a consistent rise in the proportion of those successful in service with an increase in educational level. Minnesota is consistently one of the highest states in the country in terms of the proportion of its young men who pass the nationally administered Armed Forces Qualifying Test. The sample dealt with in the present paper comes from a second state which is among the poorest one-third of the states in terms of the proportion rejected because of low AFQT scores. Partly due to this educational differential, the absolute values for the Minnesota delinquents did not differ too much from those for the randomly selected control group from the other state. In both states, both high school graduation and college attendance tended to override an earlier history of delinquency. Author
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