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NCJ Number: 183190 Find in a Library
Title: Adult Too Soon: Age-Sensitive Interventions With Delinquent Girls
Journal: Reaching Today's Youth  Volume:4  Issue:3  Dated:Spring 2000  Pages:12-16
Author(s): Ann Booker Loper
Editor(s): Alan M. Blankstein; Lyndal M. Bullock
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 5
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because the problems faced by female juvenile delinquents are often adult problems and it is easy to forget that these girls are young and still developing, the author notes several intervention strategies that take into account the vulnerability of youth.
Abstract: Female juvenile delinquents often are poor, live in crime-ridden neighborhoods, experience abuse at home, and lack hope for the future. Despite their adult problems, these girls are not adults. They are still growing and are capable of change, deserving of attention, and in need of sensitive interventions. Effective interventions recognize that, while dealing with complex problems, female juvenile delinquents are still young people who need guidance toward healthy choices. Teenage parenting, a history of physical and sexual abuse, and substance abuse can interact to make troubled girls grow up too fast. Developmentally sensitive solutions to the problems of these girls are proposed that focus on in-home counseling and center-based education programs. The programs are designed to help girls deal with issues of prior victimization and abuse, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and other problems. 11 references
Main Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Abused children; Adolescent pregnancy; Child abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Female victims; Juvenile crime control; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile victims; Mental disorders; Psychological victimization effects; Social conditions; Violence prevention
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