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NCJ Number: 75875 Find in a Library
Title: Quantitative and Qualitative Sex Differences in Middle-class Delinquency
Journal: Criminology  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:(February 1981)  Pages:453-470
Author(s): P Richards
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 18
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This investigation of sex-related patterns in delinquency among middle-class male and female secondary school students reveals little marked difference in delinquent activities.
Abstract: A self-reporting questionnaire was administered to students in junior and senior high schools in an affluent suburb of a large city. Delinquent behaviors investigated included (1) alcohol and marijuana use, (2) minor theft, (3) cheating on school work, (4) vandalism, (5) theft of bicycles and auto accessories, (6) car theft, and (7) interpersonal conflict. The students were asked to estimate the frequency of each activity during the 6-month period preceding the survey. Few differences were found in the delinquency patterns of male and female subjects. Boys were more likely to report interpersonal conflict than girls. Small differences were found for the more serious property crimes. Boys were more likely to engage in criminal activities more frequently than girls. There were no differences in the incidence of delinquency activity in the over-all group and groups from other social strata reporting delinquency activity. Tabular data, notes, and 40 references are included.
Index Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents; Juvenile delinquency factors; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Male juvenile delinquents; Self reported crimes
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