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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / prevention & control
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Attitude*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency / prevention & control
  • Juvenile Delinquency / psychology*
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Peer Group*
  • Risk Factors
  • Schools*
  • Social Values
  • Theft / psychology*