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Inflated Ego or Low Impulse Control: Which Personality Aspect Predicts Juvenile Delinquency Better?
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Juvenile delinquency is a widely known problem and some adolescents are constantly engaging in delinquency. The present study examined two types of broader risky personality factors, termed “Inflated Ego” and “Low Impulse Control”, and how the two factors were related to delinquency and antisocial behaviors for adolescent boys and girls. The data was drawn from a large community sample of youths in 8th and 9th grade. The results showed that for both boys and girls, the two factors were similarly related to an antisocial lifestyle and delinquency. However, a low impulse control was the critical risk factor for persistence in delinquency. In conclusion, there is not only one single personality factor behind adolescents’ delinquency, but low impulse control seems to be the most essential predictor.

Abstract [sv]

Ungdomskriminalitet är ett utbrett problem och vissa ungdomar är konstant inblandade i kriminella aktiviteter. Denna studie undersökte två typer av bredare personlighetsfaktorer förknippade med risker, benämnda ”Uppblåst Ego” och ”Låg Impulskontroll”, samt hur dessa var relaterade till kriminalitet och antisociala beteenden för pojkar och flickor. De data som använts kommer från ett stort sampel av ungdomar i åttonde och nionde klass i Örebro. Resultaten visade att de två faktorerna var relaterade på liknande sätt för både pojkar och flickor till en antisocial livsstil och brottslighet. Dock visade sig låg impulskontroll vara den övervägande riskfaktorn för en fortsatt kriminell bana. Sammanfattningsvis finns det inte bara en enda förklarande personlighetsfaktor bakom ungdomars brottslighet. 

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2014. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Adolescents, delinquency, inflated ego, low impulse control, antisocial behavior
Keyword [sv]
Ungdomar, kriminalitet, uppblåst ego, låg impulskontroll, antisocialt beteende
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-33641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-33641DiVA: diva2:694742
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Psykologi
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Available from: 2014-03-03 Created: 2014-02-07 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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