Juvenile Delinquents Grown Up

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Chapter XVI
OFFENDERS WHO SUCCEEDED DURING BOTH EXTRAMURAL AND INTRAMURAL TREATMENT AND THOSE WHO FAILED

IN the two preceding chapters certain gross differences were shown to exist between the characteristics and background of offenders who responded successfully to extramural oversight and offenders who did not, and between those of offenders who responded successfully to intramural treatment and offenders who did not. In this comparison we found some clues to the reasons why offenders respond in different ways to extramural and intramural treatment. In the present chapter we make another grouping of our "conduct types"--those who behaved successfully during at least some, though not necessarily all, treatments, both extramural and intramural (209 cases) and those who always failed during both types of treatment (91 cases).


RESEMBLANCES

There are a number of factors of resemblance between the offenders who behaved well during both extramural and intramural treatment and those who did not. Both groups had the same proportion of white and Negro youths among them; they were of like nativity; the average difference in age between the younger and the older of their parents was the same; the families of the two groups were of equal size; to a like extent other members of the families were also delinquents; and a similar proportion of the mothers had wholesome affection for their sons.

They further resemble each other in the extent to which the families were aided by social agencies during the boyhood of the offenders. An equal proportion of the boys in the two groups had health handicaps, as determined at the time they were examined in the clinic of the Judge Baker Foundation. Those offenders who suc-

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