Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 2001

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Robert Markley

Abstract

The goal of this research was to norm the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) on a juvenile offender population for use as a pre-screening tool to be used to match individual’s needs with services offered in the juvenile corrections setting. Presently, the BSI has been normed against four populations: (a) adult psychiatric outpatients, (b) adult nonpatients, (c) adult psychiatric inpatients, and (d) adolescent nonpatients. The BSI was administered to 506 Juvenile Offenders (JO) between the ages of 12 and 18. Youth were recruited form five youth centers in Kansas. The BSI is a 53-item, self-report, protocol that measures psychological symptom patterns. The BSI was administered to the youth shortly after their arrival at the centers. Differences were discovered between the normative adolescent population and the test population. All of the nine BSI subscales: Somatization, Obsessive Compulsive, Interpersonal Sensitivity, Hostility, Depression, Anxiety, Phobic Anxiety, Paranoid Ideation, Psychoticism and three global indices showed significant differences at the .05 level or lower from the adolescent norm group. The global indices including the Positive Symptom Index and the Global Severity Index were also significantly higher at the p<.001 level.

Rights

Copyright 2001 Douglas L. Clore

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