Interpersonal communication patterns among deliquent boys in a state school

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1973

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Purpose: Interpersonal communications is the predominate means through which man transfers ideas, achieves his individuality, and maintains social relationships. This study attempted to isolate structuring attribute which in part determines choices for interpersonal communication at a State School for delinquent boys. Communication patterns are influenced by various factors which have been answered in this study. Insight into communication patterns should ultimately contribute to the classification process and rehabilitation program offered to delinquent youth. Method: The data for this study were gathered from the ninety-eight students of the Sycamore School, a unit of the Gatesville State School for Boys which is a facility of the Texas Youth Council. Key questions pertained to student choices for work partners, social partners, and student peer sources of information. Student choices in the three areas of investigation were viewed in regard to the variables of race, age, family income, and Intelligence Quotient. The study attempted to determine what communication patterns, if any, exist. Findings: 1. Students generally chose other students from the same ethnic background for work partners. 2. Students indicated no preference for work partners in regard to socio-economic position. 3. Students tended to indicate no preference for work partners in regard to age. 4. Students tended to select work partners regardless of the variable of intelligence. 5. Students generally sought information from peers of the same racial-cultural background. 6. Students indicated a slight preference for older students when seeking information. 7. Students tended to indicate no preferences for other students in regard to socio-economic position. 8. Students indicated no particular preference for other students in regard to the intelligence when seeking information. 9. Students tended to select social partners of the same racial-cultural background. 10. Students indicated no preference of age when selected social partners. 11. Students tended to select social partners regardless of socio-economic position. 12. Students indicated no preference by intelligence for social partners.

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Interpersonal relations., Communication--Psychological aspects., Juvenile delinquents--Rehabilitation.

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