Master of Arts in Psychology
First Committee Member
Cortney S. Warren, Chair
Number of Pages
The purpose of this study was to test whether specific personality traits differentiate juveniles who engage in prostitution from those who do not. Juvenile prostitutes (n =34) and delinquent non-prostitutes (n =33) being detained in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center were compared on a number of personality variables and offender subtype classifications measured by the Jesness Inventory-Revised (Jesness, 1988). It was hypothesized that the prostitution group would score significantly higher on scales closely related to immaturity, depression, denial, and sensation-seeking. Results of MANOVA and chi square indicated that the two groups did not differ significantly with regard to their personality traits or subtype classifications. Some demographic differences emerged between groups. Results are discussed with regard to study limitations, practical and clinical implications, and future directions.
Child prostitution; Juvenile delinquency--Psychological aspects; Personality
Child Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology
Brathwaite, Nina S., "Studying Personality In Juvenile Prostitutes: Aren't All Delinquents The Same?" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1207.