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Adolescence. 1999 Fall;34(135):577-91.

Nondelinquent youths' stealing behavior and their perceptions of parents, school, and peers.

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Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, USA.


Correlates of stealing behavior were investigated in a sample of 167 nondelinquent 10- to 15-year-olds. Stealing was related to youths' attitudes toward parents and school, as well as reasons for stealing. Stealing was most frequent among older males. Attitude toward school was most consistently related to stealing behavior, though perceptions of family's values and the consequences of stealing were also important. Interventions with youths at risk for continued covert antisocial behaviors are discussed.

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