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This study is basically a replication on female delinquents and nondelinquents of a study originally conducted with male delinquent and nondelinquent subjects by R.G. Andry. The study tested 27 interrelated hypotheses concerning perceptions of the adequacy of parental roles in key areas of the subjects’ life experiences. Specifically, the study concerned itself with whether or not it is possible to differentiate delinquent from nondelinquent girls by differences in perceptions of parental roles. and whether this differentiation ls the same as or different from those distinctions Andry found between delinquent and nondelinquent boys. The present study undertook testing of these hypotheses partly in response to Andry's suggestion that such a study be made with female subjects, partly to explore the perceptions of delinquent and nondelinquent girls as to the adequacy of their parents role playing in unbroken homes, and partly to attempt empirical confirmation of such theoretical formulations as that of Konopka regarding delinquency in girls. The findings indicated seventeen factors on which delinquent and nondelinquent girls differ. In the main, these are similar to the differences found by Andry between delinquent and nondelinquent boys. Empirical support for Konopka's theoretical formulation regarding delinquency in girls was obtained. The findings of this study are in accordance with the work of other researchers into delinquency in general, and delinquency in girls in particular.


Andry, B.G., Delinquency and Parental Pathology, London: Methuen and Co., Ltd., 1960

Konopka, Gisela, The Adolescent Girl in Conflict, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1966

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Morris A. Forslund

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Harold Charles Meier

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Richard Jerome Harris



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