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NCJ Number: 196737 Find in a Library
Title: Meta-Analysis of the Predictors of Delinquency Among Girls
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:34  Issue:3  Dated:2002  Pages:1-13
Author(s): Dana J. Hubbard; Travis C. Pratt
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 13
Type: Research Paper
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study presents the results of a meta-analysis of the predictors of female delinquency.
Abstract: This study found that many of the strong predictors of female delinquency were the same as those for males. These include history of antisocial behavior, and antisocial attitudes, peers, and personality. Unlike previous meta-analyses, school and family relationships and a history of physical and/or sexual assault also appear to be robust predictors of female offending. In addition, IQ, which has typically been found to be unrelated to male offending, was found to be a relatively important predictor in female delinquency. The study notes the importance of correctional treatment programs continuing to target the strongest criminogenic needs. However, programs for girls may need to address other factors such as prior physical and sexual assault, and family and school relationships. More specifically, correctional treatment programs may need to develop gender specific programming while ensuring that the most important criminogenic needs are still targeted. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Analysis; Female juvenile delinquents; Female offenders; Gender issues; Intelligence Quotient (IQ); Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prediction; Male female offender comparisons; Treatment
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