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NCJ Number: 69179 Find in a Library
Title: GROUP INVOLVEMENT IN DELINQUENT ACTS - A STUDY OF OFFENSE TYPES AND MALE-FEMALE PARTICIPATION
Journal: CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR  Volume:7  Issue:2  Dated:(JUNE 1980)  Pages:185-192
Author(s): M G AULTMAN
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 8
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DETAILED ANALYSIS OF 225 CASES SELECTED RANDOMLY FROM THE JUVENILE COURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD. SHOWS THAT 63 PERCENT OF OFFENSES COMMITTED BY MALES AND 57 PERCENT COMMITTED BY FEMALES INVOLVED GROUP BEHAVIOR.
Abstract: THE DATA SHOW THAT VIOLENT OFFENSES ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE COMMITTED BY YOUTHS ACTING ALONE, WHILE NONVIOLENT OFFENSES ARE USUALLY COMMITTED IN GROUPS. ONLY 35 PERCENT OF THE NONVIOLENT OFFENSES WERE COMMITTED ALONE, WHILE 57 PERCENT OF THE VIOLENT OFFENSES WERE COMMITTED BY A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL. MORE THAN HALF (55 PERCENT) OF ALL DELINQUENT ACTS WERE COMMITTED BY GROUPS OF TWO OR THREE, 8 PERCENT WERE COMMITTED BY GROUPS OF FOUR TO SIX, AND ONLY ONE INVOLVED A DELINQUENT GANG OF A LARGER SIZE. MALE DELINQUENCIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE GROUP-RELATED THAN FEMALE, BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS MINOR. AS WITH MALES, MOST DELINQUENCIES BY FEMALES INVOLVE GROUPS OF TWO OR THREE. ADDITIONAL STUDIES OF THE SEXUAL STRUCTURE OF DELINQUENCY-PRODUCING GROUPS AND THE PROPERTIES OF SUCH GROUPS SHOULD BE MADE TO BETTER DESCRIBE THE DELINQUENT GROUP OF THE 1970'S AND 1980'S. SIX REFERENCES AND A TABLE ARE INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Group behavior; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Maryland; Nonviolent behavior; Offense classification; Violent crimes
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