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NCJ Number: 31478 Find in a Library
Title: FEMALE DELINQUENCY - AN APPLICATION OF SELF AND OPPORTUNITY THEORIES
Journal: JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN CRIME AND DELINQUENCY  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:(JULY 1975)  Pages:107-123
Author(s): S K DATESMAN; F R SCARPITTI; R M STEPHENSON
Corporate Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Newark, NJ 07102
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS PAPER APPLIES TO FEMALES TWO DELINQUENCY THEORIES WHICH HAVE BEEN FOUND EMPIRICALLY USEFUL IN EXPLAINING MALE DELINQUENCY: SELF AND OPPORTUNITY THEORIES.
Abstract: THE DATA SHOW THAT DELINQUENCY AND SELF-CONCEPT ARE RELATED FOR BLACK FEMALES BUT UNRELATED FOR WHITE FEMALES. WEAK EMPIRICAL SUPPORT IS FOUND FOR THE CONTENTION THAT REPEATED DELINQUENCY AMONG FEMALES IS NOT BUTTRESSED BY SUBCULTURAL SUPPORT. IT IS FOUND THAT BOTH BLACK AND WHITE FEMALE DELINQUENTS REGARD THEIR OPPORTUNITIES LESS POSITIVELY THAN DO THEIR NON-DELINQUENT COUNTERPARTS, AND THAT PERCEPTIONS OF OPPORTUNITY ARE LOWEST AMONG PUBLIC POLICY OFFENDERS. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IMPLIED BY PUBLIC POLICY OFFENSES MAY REPRESENT AN ATTEMPT TO FULFILL THE MARITAL GOAL OR, CONVERSELY, A REJECTION OF IT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Caucasian/White Americans; Female juvenile delinquents; Juvenile delinquency factors; Opportunity theory; Self concept; Theory
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