Date of Award

Fall 10-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Committee Chair

Nora Charles

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Joye Anestis

Committee Member 3

Laura Gulledge

Committee Member 3 School

Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security

Committee Member 4

Randolph Arnau

Committee Member 4 School



Juvenile delinquency is a national concern, as delinquent behavior is associated with a host of poor psychosocial outcomes during later adolescence and adulthood. To address delinquency, it is important to understand psychological adjustment among adolescents who have already made contact with the juvenile justice system. One way to explore adjustment within this population involves examining personality and psychopathology correlates of institutional misconduct (i.e., behavioral infractions while incarcerated). While there is a robust body of literature regarding personality and psychopathology correlates of misconduct in adult inmate samples, there has been far less work devoted to these relationships among justice-involved youth. Furthermore, little to no research has been conducted using broadband measures of personality and psychopathology, which may be more time- and cost-efficient tools. The current study sought to examine the relationships between institutional infractions and two underutilized measures of psychopathology and personality – the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI-A) and the Child UPPS-P Impulsive Behavior Scale (Child UPPS-P) – among a sample of 76 adolescents from a juvenile detention facility. Findings from this study will add to previous research on personality and psychopathology assessment in juvenile justice settings by offering insight into psychological profiles of justice-involved youth and treatment targets for justice-involved youth.



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