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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Juvenile delinquents-Rehabilitation, Juvenile delinquents-Psychology, Teenage boys-Psychology, Therapeutic alliance, Helping alliance, Personality, Crime, Adolescent


There has been limited research conducted looking at the variables affecting helping alliance within the therapeutic relationship. This study examined the relationship between personality and delinquency with the perceived helping alliance of non-sex offending male adolescents with their residential staff. Confidential data were collected from 161 male youth with nonsexual offenses in 6 residential facilities in a midwestern state using the Millon Adolescent Clinial Inventory (MACI), the Self Reported Delinquency Measure, and the Helping Alliance Questionnaire-II (HAQ-II). The average age of the sample (N = 161) was 16.51 years (SD = 1.23 years). The results revealed that the variables which significantly predicted helping alliance were conforming, robbery and public disorderly behavior with F (95) = 9.95 , p < .001. While the MACI Conforming scale and public disorderly behavior positively predicted helping alliance, robbery was a negative predictor of helping alliance. Implications for future research are discussed.




21 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 19-21).