Age of first arrest and its relation to cognitive and executive function variables in a group of juvenile delinquents

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Donald K. Routh - Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Bonnie E. Levin - Committee Member


One-hundred-and-fifty-one juvenile delinquents referred to the Juvenile Court Assessment Center were subjects for the cross-sectional investigation of the relationship between age of first arrest and certain measures of cognitive and executive function. The study was designed to test the developmental theory of conduct disorder of Terrie E. Moffitt regarding the existence of two groups of juvenile delinquents, one whose antisocial behavior is restricted to their adolescent years, and another whose antisocial behavior is persistent and manifested throughout the lifetime. Contrary to expectations, two groups of the expected type could not be distinguished based on age at time of first arrest. However, certain variables were found to be related to age of first arrest: reading achievement, Performance IQ, absence of father in the home, and exposure to violence.


Psychology, Clinical

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