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DIAS, Camila; OLIVEIRA-MONTEIRO, Nancy Ramacciotti de  and  AZNAR-FARIAS, Maria. Antisocial and delictive behaviors in adolescents. Aletheia [online]. 2014, n.45, pp. 101-113. ISSN 1413-0394.

Violence has reached the younger population. Low socioeconomic status and being of male gender are factors that have been identified in association with the presence of criminal behaviors. The present study aimed to assess self references of antisocial and criminal behaviors in adolescents, finding differences in the variables: gender, level of education and inclusion in public or private schools. Participants were 453 adolescents, 13-19 years old, both sexes, middle and high school students, from six schools from Sao Paulo State. AntiSocial and Delictive Behaviors Scale was used and descriptive and inferential data analysis were made. The results indicated low self-perceiving of antisocial and criminal behaviors manifestation across the whole sample. Significant differences were found, for more, in boys and private schools. Further researches are suggested on the problem to support preventive programs for positive youth development.

Keywords : Adolescents; Antisocial behaviors; Criminal behaviors.

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