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  NCJ Number: NCJ 220124     Find in a Library
  Title: Resilient Girls-Factors that Protect Against Delinquency
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Stephanie R. Hawkins ; Phillip W. Graham ; Jason Williams ; Margaret A. Zahn
  Corporate Author: RTI International
United States of America
  Date Published: 01/2009
  Page Count: 16
  Series: OJJDP Girls Study Group Series
  Annotation: This study explored four processes hypothesized to operate as protective factors in the lives of girls at risk for delinquency: support from or presence of a caring adult, school connectedness, school success, and religiosity.
  Abstract: The results of this study suggest that the presence of a caring adult, school success, school connectedness, and religiosity may protect against some forms of delinquent behavior for girls, but this protective effect was subject to complex interactions with risk factors and age. Understanding the role these protective factors play in the lives of girls has important implications for creating programs to prevent delinquency. Researchers must understand how protective factors operate in girls’ lives and when these protective factors are most relevant to girls’ development. In addition, researchers should understand the risks confronting adolescent girls and consider which protective factors are strong enough to mitigate particular risks. Abuse, neglect, poverty, and violence threaten the development and behavior of many youth, yet some remain resilient. This study was inspired in part by efforts to research factors that might protect against delinquency and to understand more clearly the unique needs and experiences of girls. The study used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to determine whether the presence of a caring adult, connection with and success in school, and religiosity protected girls from involvement in delinquent behaviors and whether these protective factors operated differently for girls exposed to known risks of delinquency. Tables and references
  Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
  Index Term(s): Females ; Female juvenile delinquents ; Juvenile delinquency prediction ; Juvenile delinquency research ; Juvenile delinquency ; Adolescent females ; Adolescents at risk ; Gender issues
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2004-JF-FX-K001
  Sale Source: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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