Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The Analysis of Variance model was used to investigate differential disposition decisions from least restrictive to most restrictive court placement based on juvenile and family characteristics. Eight Juvenile and County Court Judges in Experiment I and 20 State Juvenile Probation Officers in Experiment II judged six behavioral-emotional signs in various combinations of presence or absence. The results were consistent with previous findings that a linear model more than adequately accounts for the variability of the subjects responses. The high interjudge agreement correlations and test-retest reliability estimates strongly suggest that Judges and Probation Officers can render reliable and consistent judgments, and utilize information in similar ways. Implications for professionals working with the court system are discussed as well as future research directions.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright William E. Reay July, 1986