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The Service-Related Experinece of Juvenile Delinquents. X. Part I. The Significance of Histories of Juvenile Delinquency in Predicting Adjustment in Military Service. Part II. The Post-Service Records of Individuals with Histories of Juvenile Delinquency.
MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS INST OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT
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An overview of this entire set of studies indicated that the most effective predictor from juvenile deliquency data was confinement in a State or Federal Training School. Work on a coordinated project indicates that rejections from service for moral reasons were, with few exceptions, made only for confinement or parole status following the eighteenth birthday. This was found to be true for a large sample from the Korean War period and for a very recent sample born 1950-1951. Histories of juvenile deliquency, no matter how long or how serious, were in general disregarded. Post-service offense histories were obtained, also as part of a coordinated project, for the Korean War period sample and for an earlier Control sample born 1915-1923. Follow-up was made of those rejected for moral reasons and of those who entered service. The largest satisfactory yield of those with a history of juvenile deliquency came from those who were non-confined as juveniles and who had a good service outcome. The experience for this group was not much worse than those for the Control group. At the other extreme were those who were confined as juveniles with a bad service outcome. These had post-service arrests 70-80of the time. If they had trouble in service, they had trouble after.
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