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NCJ Number: 78568 Find in a Library
Title: Western Regional Conference on 'Just Us - Young Pan Asian Females and the Juvenile Justice System' - Proceedings, October 18, 1980, Seattle, Washington
Corporate Author: Organization of Pan Asian American Women, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: National Board of Young Women's Christian Assoc
New York, NY 10022
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Organization of Pan Asian American Women, Inc
Washington, DC 20006
Grant Number: 78-JS-AX-0106
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Presentations and recommendations are reported from a 1980 western conference that focused primarily on the extent and contributing factors of delinquency and its prevention among Asian-Pacific American females between the ages of 12 to 17.
Abstract: Conference participants included adults and youths from the major Asian-Pacific groups--Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, and Guamanian. They came primarily from California and Washington State, with a few students from Guam, Hawaii, and Alaska. A dearth of statistics on juvenile delinquency problems among Asian-Pacific-American female juveniles was found. This was believed generally to be due to strong family and subcultural pressures on Asian-Pacific females to be submissive and obedient to rigid moral standards, as well as to the tendency of juvenile justice systems to be lenient and divert Asian-Pacific female juveniles from formal juvenile justice processing, in comparison with the more severe handling of white, black, and Hispanic females. Some factors tending to produce maladjustment in Asian-Pacific-American juveniles in general were identified as cultural conflicts of values and male and female role models between the dominant American and the Asian-Pacific traditions, alienation of Asian-Pacific juveniles from their parents due to differing responses to American cultural influences, poor communication between criminal justice and social service representatives and Asian-Pacific youth, and heavy drug use among juveniles in general. Recommendations include the use of more bilingual/bicultural Asian-Pacific-American counselors in the schools, more sensitivity training for personnel of public agencies, programs to give Asian-Pacific females more clearly defined female role models, the development of a data base on female Asian-Pacific-American juvenile offenders, and a structure to increase dialogue between youth and their parents. The community and agency resources represented at the conference are listed.
Index Term(s): Asian Americans; Cultural influences; Female juvenile delinquents; Home environment; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Workshops and seminars
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