The Delinquent Girl

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Over the past decade and a half, girls' involvement in the juvenile justice system has increased. Yet the topic remains understudied by criminologists. The Delinquent Girl is a "state of the field" effort that identifies and analyzes the kind of crimes that girls commit and the causes of girls' delinquency. The distinguished academics and practitioners who contributed to this volume provide an overview of the research on girls' delinquencies, discuss policy implications, and point to areas where further research is critically needed.

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“I have no doubt that this book, which includes some very thorough work on girls' delinquency in the field of criminology, will become a cited reference work for years to come.”The New York Law Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592139521
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret A. Zahn is Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State University, and Past President and Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables 
1. The Contribution of "Mainstream" Theories to the Explanation of Female Delinquency 
2. Feminist Theories of Girls' Delinquency 
3. Trends in Girls' Delinquency and the Gender Gap: Statistical Assessment of Diverse Sources 
4. Biopsychological Factors, Gender, and Delinquency 
5. Family Influences on Girls' Delinquency 
6. Peer Influences on Girls' Delinquency 
7. Girls, Schooling, and Delinquency 
8. Gender Differences in Neighborhood Effects and Delinquency 
9. The Context of Girls' Violence: Peer Groups, Families, Schools, and Communities 
10. Young Women and Street Gangs 
11. Girls in the Juvenile Justice System 
Appendix: Girls Studt Group Members 

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