The Adapted Self-Report Delinquency Scale for Adolescents: Validity and Reliability Among Portuguese Youths

Pedro Pechorro, Stephen Houghton, Mário R. Simões, Annemaree Carroll

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Abstract

Self-report delinquency scales have contributed greatly to the contemporary basis of our understanding of juvenile delinquency. Nevertheless, they have not been immune to criticism and further improvement and extensive measurement research is still necessary. The present study examined the psychometric properties of one such measure of self-reported delinquency, the Adapted Self-Report Delinquency Scale (ASRDS). The ASRDS was administered to a Portuguese sample of male youths (N = 470, 12-20 years of age), subdivided into a forensic sample (n = 217) and a school sample (n = 253). The Portuguese version of the ASRDS demonstrated satisfactory psychometric properties, in terms of its factor structure, internal consistency, convergent validity, discriminant validity, criterion-related validity, and known-groups validity, thereby justifying its use among this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-853
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume837-853
Issue number17
Early online date8 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

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