The Self-Report of Offending among Serious Juvenile Offenders: Cross-Gender, Cross-Ethnic/Race Measurement Equivalence

George P. Knight, Michelle Little, Sandra Losoya, Edward P. Mulvey

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Abstract

This article evaluates the measurement equivalence of a self-report of offending measure among female and male juveniles, as well as Hispanic, African American, and White male juveniles. The findings indicate (a) considerable functional equivalence across gender and ethnically/racially diverse groups of juvenile offenders, and (b) scalar equivalence across Hispanic and White male juvenile offenders, but (c) that researchers should be careful making either mean difference or association comparisons across genders or African American/White boys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-295
Number of pages23
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2004

Keywords

  • juvenile offending
  • measurement equivalence
  • self-report of offending

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Law

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