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Title: Adolescent Girl in Conflict
Author(s): G Konopka
Date Published: 1966
Page Count: 189
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Grant Number: MH-5-R11-01055
Sale Source: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on author interviews with and writings by adolescent girls who had manifested serious problem behaviors, this book identifies factors that put adolescent girls at risk of severe conflict and deviant behavior, followed by suggestions for improved community and institutional responses to girls at high risk for problem behaviors.
Abstract: The study involved 181 girls between 14 and 19 years old. All had acted out their conflicts sufficiently to come to the attention of the courts or private social agencies. The majority (100) had been adjudicated delinquent and were either in an institution or on probation or parole. The book presents selections from original writings by the girls as well as from tape-recorded interviews with some of them. Also included are transcripts from group sessions with the girls. A central theme of the author's analysis of the emotional needs of the girls is their loneliness and an absence of bonds with adults and peers that would foster a positive self-image. Psychological development that contributes to loneliness, the image of adults, and the impact of racial and class prejudice on loneliness are also discussed. Another chapter focuses on the absence of satisfying career and lifestyle directions for the girls as both the dominant culture and their immediate environments have failed to provide opportunities and role models for positive personal development and achievement. Other chapters address ways out of loneliness, factors that produce and perpetuate a low self-image, theories of adolescent development, and steps society and its institutions should take to structure new opportunities and services for adolescent girls. Appended supplementary material, a 115-item bibliography, and a subject index
Main Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile self concept; Juvenile treatment methods
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