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Adolescence. 1997 Spring;32(125):51-5.

Adolescent stealers' and nonstealers' social problem-solving skills.

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Department of Psychology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 35487-0348, USA.


Eleven adolescents with a history of stealing in the past year were compared to 11 nonstealers on social problem-solving skills. The stealers showed a tendency not to consider the passage of time necessary for solving social problems on the Means-Ends Problem Solving (MEPS) test. In addition, adolescents who exhibited delinquency tendencies, as measured by the Jesness Inventory, showed a cognitive bias for generating ineffective solutions to hypothetical social problems. Implications for treatment are discussed.

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