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NCJ Number: 212088 Find in a Library
Title: View From the Girls: Exploring Violence and Violent Behaviour
Author(s): Michele Burman Dr.; Jane Brown Dr.; Kay Tisdall Dr.; Susan Batchelor M.S.
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Swindon SN2 1UJ,
University of Glasqow
Glasgow G12 8RT, Scotland
Sale Source: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Swindon SN2 1UJ,
United Kingdom

University of Glasqow
Adam Smith Building
Glasgow G12 8RT,
United Kingdom
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Since traditional beliefs about violence have stemmed primarily from research on boys and young men, this Scottish study focused on the meaning and function of violence in girls' lives based on their experiences, views, and attitudes.
Abstract: The research involved a self-report questionnaire (n=671 girls), small group discussions (18 groups, 89 girls), and individual interviews (n=12 girls). Participants were girls between 13 and 16 years old who were recruited through schools, secure/residential accommodation, youth groups, volunteer organizations, leisure clubs, and out-reach workers. The study found that 98.5 percent of the girls had witnessed some form of interpersonal physical violence. This typically consisted of a fight within the home, neighborhood, school, and on public transportation. Seventy percent of the girls had witnessed five or more such incidents. Nearly two-thirds knew someone who had been a victim of violence that inflicted physical injuries. Forty-one percent of the girls had themselves been deliberately hit, punched, or kicked, and 91 percent reported being targets of verbal abuse and intimidation. Fifty-eight percent of the girls reported being worried about being sexually attacked. Ten percent of the girls described themselves as "violent," and 10 percent reported having committed seven or more types of violent acts (e.g., punching, kicking, and hitting with an object). The girls who reported such violence were more likely to report other types of delinquent behavior, have a higher tolerance toward physical violence in a range of social contexts, mistrust or feel misunderstood by adults, and have lower educational aspirations. This group of girls also reported having the highest levels of being victims of violence themselves. Overall, however, the girls were not prone to resort to physical violence, using instead a number of coping strategies to manage their aggressive feelings without violence and adopting behaviors to avoid potentially violent situations. 1 figure
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Aggression; Female juvenile delinquents; Victims of violent crime; Violence causes; Violent females
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