This study examines processes of psychological acceptance and perceived locus of control among at-risk adolescents and analyzes their influence on the avoidance or cessation of delinquent activity. The findings reveal that this process of psychological acceptance helps the adolescents to reinterpret risk factors in their lives as challenges that can be faced positively and, consequently, avoid or cease delinquent behaviors. We conclude that this introspective process contributes to the development of an internal locus of control and thus to the adoption of normative behavior and that dramatic crises in life can occasionally offer at-risk adolescents opportunities for positive change.
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- criminal behavior
- internal locus of control
- psychological acceptance