Abdul Rahman Ahmad Badayai, Rozainee Khairudin, Wan Shahrazad Wan Sulaiman, Khaidzir Hj. Ismail


This study examined different types of symptoms of problem behaviors among juvenile offenders. Various symptoms of problem behaviors such as social problems, thought problems, attention problem, rule-breaking behavior, and aggressive behavior predicted among young juvenile delinquents. There were 404 juvenile offenders participated in the study, consisted of 280 male and 124 female. All respondents convicted with seven different offenses. Prior to that, three research questions were developed: 1. Are there differences in the symptoms of problem behaviors among different types of juvenile offenders? 2. Are there gender differences in the symptoms of problem behaviors among young offenders? 3. Are there any age differences in the symptoms of problem behaviors among juvenile offenders? The results showed that there were different symptoms of problem behaviors in among young offenders. Genders differences profile also had shown mean differences in each symptom of problem behaviors among juvenile offender. One way ANOVA results showed significant differences in thought problems F (7) = 2.748, p< .01 and attention problem F (7) = 25.948, p < .01 among different types of delinquent behaviors. Moreover, t-test results revealed that gender differences were significant in social problems; t (402) = -2.710, p<.01, thought problems; t (402) = -2.476, p<.05, attention problem; t (402) = -4.841, p<.001, and aggressive behavior; t (402) = -3.165, p<.001, p< .01.    

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