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NCJ Number: 119761 Find in a Library
Title: Troublesome Girls: Towards Alternative Definitions and Policies (From Growing Up Good: Policing the Behavior of Girls in Europe, P 197-219, 1989, Maureen Cain, ed.)
Author(s): A Hudson
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper examines alternative programs and policies for girls in the United Kingdom who manifest social or emotional problems but are not necessarily delinquent.
Abstract: Such girls most likely come to the attention of British social services because of their perceived deviant sexual behavior or departure from the social codes of adolescent femininity. The first section of the paper reviews some of the broad issues in developing welfare strategies to meet the needs of "troublesome" girls. The socio-political climate in the United Kingdom in the late 1980's is given particular consideration, since this forms the background for any alternative strategy. The second section explores dominant definitions of "troublesome girls" and considers ways to begin redrafting the agenda. The discussion addresses not only the role of welfare professionals but also the relationship between girls, their families, and the State. The third section identifies some core principles for reform and considers the viability and problems inherent in implementing various policy strategies. The paper proposes a strategy that involves developing separate programs and activities for girls in trouble, if for no other reason than to ensure that their distinctive problems are not ignored. 1 note.
Main Term(s): Female status offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile treatment methods; United Kingdom (UK)
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