Value systems and delinquency: parental and generational discrepancies in value systems for delinquent and non delinquent boys

N. T. Feather, D. G. Cross

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    Abstract


    A sample of 82 delinquent boys in 2 institutions and a matched sample of 82 non delinquent boys from three secondary schools ranked values from the Rokeach Value Survey in their order of importance for self, mother and father. Order of rankings was counterbalanced. Results indicated that the sets of rankings (value systems) were more discrepant between boys and their parents and between the parents themselves in the delinquent sample than in the non delinquent sample, but only in regard to the set of terminal values. Marked differences in the relative importance of particular values occurred between the 2 groups both in relation to rankings for self and for parents, and (for both groups) between the boys and their parents (generational) and between mother and father (parental). Favourability towards father correlated positively with degree of value similarity between sons and fathers but only for the terminal values.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-129
    Number of pages13
    JournalBritish Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
    Volume14
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 1975

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