A Self‐Report Delinquency Scale for Australian Adolescents

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Abstract

This article reports the construction and validation of a culturally relevant and economical measure of delinquent behaviour among Australian adolescents. The resulting Australian Self‐Reported Delinquency Scale assesses individual differences in engagement in a list of 34 types of delinquent activity. The instrument contains nine subscales (Cheat, Status, Fight, Vehicle, Drugs, Theft, Harm, Driving, and Disturb), which enable assessment of involvement in specialised areas of offending. These measures would be useful in a variety of educational, rehabilitation, and research situations within the Australian context. The limitations in the use of the new scale are also discussed. 1993 Australian Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-79
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1993

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