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NCJ Number: 148603 Find in a Library
Title: Factors Related to Female Adolescent Initiation into Violent Street Crime
Journal: Youth and Society  Volume:25  Issue:4  Dated:(June 1994)  Pages:468-489
Author(s): I Sommers; D R Baskin
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 22
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 85 females arrested, incarcerated, or both for violent street crimes in New York City in 1990 formed the basis of an analysis of when and how adolescent females become involved in violent street crime.
Abstract: Results suggested that an adequate understanding of female criminality must consider the impact of neighborhood, peer, and addiction factors that affect both male and female participation in criminal violence. In addition, it appears that different configurations of these factors contribute to the initiation of violent offending depending on that age of onset. Early initiation into violent crime was accompanied by participation in a wide variety of other offending behaviors and deviant lifestyles. In contrast, females who experienced a later onset of violent offending did so within the context of a criminal career that, up to the point of drug abuse, was more specialized and focused on typically nonviolent, gender-congruent activities such as prostitution and shoplifting. Tables, appended table, note, and 94 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Female deviance; Juvenile delinquency factors; New York; Violence causes
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