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Psicologia em Pesquisa

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FORMIGA, Nilton Soares  y  DINIZ, Ariosvaldo da Silva. Style of Cultural Orientation and Deviant Conduct: Testing of a Theoretical Model. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2011, vol.5, n.1, pp.02-11. ISSN 1982-1247.

The problem of deviant behaviors among young people has been discussed by experts in various areas of human and social science. Of the many explanations for this phenomenon, the one which focus on the cultural changes taking place in the world, adopting an individualistic approach instead of a collective one, deserves more attention. According to this view, the so called cultural syndromes, which relate to the sharing of attitudes, beliefs, norms, social roles and definitions of the self, which motivate people to certain type of behavior, would be a variable that contribute to the puzzle of young conducts, specifically those that lead to crime. A survey with 540 young people, between 14 and 21 years old, was applied with questions on the attributes of individualism, collectivism, and antissocial, criminal conducts. Based on the program AMOS GRAFICS 7.0, the main findings suggest that individualistic orientations may explain, positively, deviant conducts; while collective orientations might be negatively accounted for those conducts.

Palabras clave : Cultural orientation; deviant conducts; causal model; young people.

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