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The Australian self-report delinquency scale: a revision

Curcio, Angela L., Mak, Anita S. and Knott, Vikki E. (2015). The Australian self-report delinquency scale: a revision. Australian Journal of Psychology,67(3):166-177.

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IRMA ID 84473306xPUB52
Title The Australian self-report delinquency scale: a revision
Author Curcio, Angela L.
Mak, Anita S.
Knott, Vikki E.
Journal Name Australian Journal of Psychology
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 67
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0004-9530   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84937416050
Start Page 166
End Page 177
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Field of Research 1117 - Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Objectives
The Australian Self-Reported Delinquency Scale has been a widely adopted measure of delinquency, yet requires updating to ensure appropriate content coverage and consistency with contemporary language. The aim of this research was to revise the Australian Self-Reported Delinquency Scale and derive a measure of contemporary delinquent behaviour among Australian adolescents with satisfactory psychometric properties.


In Study 1, we conducted focus groups with 16 adolescents and 20 professionals (youth workers, police officers, school teachers/counsellors) in Canberra to update items included in the measure. Contents of the scale were revised accordingly, yielding a 56-item checklist of contemporary delinquent activities. In Study 2, 312 students (57.7% male, aged 13–17) from government and independent schools in Canberra completed the 56-item Delinquency Checklist.


Subsequent item analysis and exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses resulted in a 30-item Australian Self-Reported Delinquency Scale-Revised with eight subscales (Driving/Vehicle, Theft, Cheat, Disturb, Fight, Drugs) including two new subscales (Alcohol and Media), with evidence of reliability and validity.


The revision of the Australian Self-Reported Delinquency Scale-Revised, complemented by a 56-item Delinquency Checklist, may prove useful in educational, rehabilitation, and research settings, and aid in evaluating clinical interventions with increased specificity.
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