The Alcohols/Drug Scale Identifies Use in Youth

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The alcohol/drug use scale has 8 questions identify significant drug/alcohol use in youth; and the angry-irritable scale has 9 items that identify feelings of anger, frustration, irritability, etc., and a high score indicates at risk for impulsive behavior (Roe-Sepowitz and Krysik, 2008). The depressed-anxious scale has 9 items and focus on depression and anxiety symptoms; and somatic complaints scale contains 6 items about bodily aches and pains and physical manifestations of anxiety which might indicate a disorder or physical illness injury (Roe-Sepowitz and Krysik, 2008). The suicide ideation scale consists of 5 questions which address suicidal thoughts, self-mutilation, and depressive symptoms; and the final scale, traumatic…show more content…
The sex offenses were categorized one against child if they committed sexual acts of abuse of a victim four years younger and under the age of 12 years old, and otherwise labeled as peer-adult offense (Worling, 1995). Socioeconomic status was analyzed by the rating scale Blishen system which ranked by gender and occupation (Worling, 1995). The results show a correlation between the victim age and gender as significant meaning that male victims were the more likely to be chosen and when choosing female victims, they were either children, peers or adults (Worling, 1995). The sample was then divided into four groups: 27 offenders against female adolescent and adults, 29 offenders against female children; 10 of these offenders also chose female adolescent and adult victims, 12 offenders against only male children, and 19 offenders against both female and male children (Worling, 1995). Thirty seven out of 87 participants reported sexual abuse history (Worling, 1995). The results also showed statistical significance in that 75 % of adolescent sex offenders that sexually abuse male children showed a sexual abuse history as opposed to 25 % of those who sexually abused female children, peers or adults (Worling, 1995). The study also implicates that it is possible psychological trauma associated with prior sexual abuse along with learned behavior from social interaction can lead to future
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