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Citation

Fariña F, Arce R, Novo M. Span. J. Psychol. 2008; 11(1): 78-84.

Affiliation

Universidad de Vigo, Spain. (francisca@uvigo.es)

Copyright

(Copyright © 2008, Complutense University of Madrid, Publisher Cambridge University Press)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

18630650

Abstract

Socialization in a neighborhood and community at risk, defined in terms of violence, social alienation, school failure, and disruptive behavior, is a risk factor for the acquisition of antisocial and delinquent behavior. In order to test this hypothesis and examine the underlying mechanisms involved, 346 participants, 155 high-risk and 191 low-risk, aged 11 to 13, that is, under the age of criminal responsibility as established by the Spanish Law 5/2000 were selected. The results reveal that high-risk youngsters had higher rates of antisocial behavior and lower levels of social skills (i.e., greater tendency to externalize attribution of responsibility, fewer conflict resolution strategies, lower self esteem, and a lower degrees of emotional intelligence) in comparison to the lower-risk group. Finally, the results and implications of the study are discussed in the light of designing prevention programs.


Language: en

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