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NCJ Number: 211659 Find in a Library
Title: Programs for Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System
Corporate Author: Queensland Juvenile Justice Branch
Queensland Dept of Communities
Australia
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Queensland Juvenile Justice Branch
Brisbane QLD 4001, Australia
Sale Source: Queensland Juvenile Justice Branch
Queensland Dept of Communities
GPO Box 806
Brisbane QLD 4001,
Australia
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Based upon general information collected by Australia's Juvenile Justice Branch in 1996 as well as semistructured interviews with juvenile justice correctional program facilitators, this paper examines the history and current status of correctional programs for juvenile females in correctional systems throughout Australia, with attention to the nature of the programs offered and facilitators' assessments of their work with female juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The first of two general findings from this study is that correctional programs for female juveniles are limited in their number and diversity, particularly in vocational training and community-based programs for both noncustodial sentencing and postrelease follow-up. The second general finding is that those who work with female juveniles in correctional programs tend to view them as more "difficult" to work with than male juveniles due to their perceived emotional volatility, manipulation, and alienation from family. Further, intervention strategies, techniques, and programs that are effective with boys are viewed as less effective with girls. This paper suggests that program facilitators' view of girls as more "difficult" than boys stems from contemporary girls' behavioral and attitudinal departures from traditional sex-role stereotypes. In addition, there are empirically based differences between the coping behaviors of girls and boys, with girls tending to be more overtly emotionally reactive to problems and frustrations while boys tend to be more resigned, accepting, and withdrawn in coping with difficult situations. Correctional programs and their facilitators must identify and avoid imposing sex-role stereotypes on female juvenile offenders, increase and diversify vocational programming for girls, avoid paternalistic control, and use techniques tailored to the coping styles of girls. Further, female juvenile offenders should be part of the program development process in order to improve their relevance and effectiveness. 27 references
Main Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents; Female sex roles; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Gender issues; Juvenile vocational training; Treatment offender matching
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