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NCJ Number: NCJ 238276     Find in a Library
Title: Developmental Sequences of Girls' Delinquent Behavior
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): David Huizinga ; Shari Miller
Corporate Author: Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2013
Page Count: 16
  Series: OJJDP Girls Study Group Series
  Annotation: This paper presents the findings from the Girls Study Group which examined delinquent behavior in girls.
Abstract: This publication, from the Office of Justice Programs, presents the findings of the Girls Study Group (GSG). The GSG was developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to examine delinquent behavior in girls and establish a theoretical and empirical foundation to guide the development, testing, and dissemination of strategies aimed at reducing or preventing delinquent and violent behavior in girls. The paper begins with a discussion existing research in four areas that examine patterns of delinquency in girls. These four areas are running away and delinquency, developmental life-stage models, stage-state typologies based on personal characteristics, and developmental trajectory approaches. The GSG also conducted a study using information from the Fast Track Project and the Denver Youth Survey to assess the developmental patterns of delinquency in girls. Data from these two studies were used to identify developmental sequences or pathways in girls’ delinquency. The findings presented in this paper focus on how girls that engaged in certain delinquent behavior at one age period became involved in other combinations of delinquent behaviors at older age periods. The study found substantial consistency between the epidemiological, temporal, and developmental sequence analyses and samples used in the Fast Track Project and the Denver Youth Survey. The conclusions drawn from this study’s findings deal with the types and extent of girls’ delinquent behaviors, and the developmental sequences observed in girls’ delinquency. Implications from these findings are discussed. Figures, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Females ; Behavior patterns ; Behavior typologies ; Female crime patterns ; Juvenile Delinquent behavior ; Risk taking behavior ; Female deviance ; Adolescent females ; OJJDP grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2004–JF–FX–K001
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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