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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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 and Criminology at North Carolina State University, and Past President and Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. She is Principal Investigator of the Girls Study Group, a major project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, coordinated by RTI International, where she was a Visiting Scientist. She is the co-editor of several books including Homicide: A Sourcebook of Social Research (with M. Dwayne Smith).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Introduction Margaret A. Zahn Zahn, Margaret A. Robert Agnew Agnew, Robert Angela Browne Browne, Angela 1

1 The Contribution of "Mainstream" Theories to the Explanation of Female Delinquency Robert Agnew Agnew, Robert 7

2 Feminist Theories of Girls' Delinquency Jody Miller Miller, Jody Christopher W. Mullins Mullins, Christopher W. 30

3 Trends in Girls' Delinquency and the Gender Gap: Statistical Assessment of Diverse Sources Darrell Steffensmeier Steffensmeier, Darrell Jennifer Schwartz Schwartz, Jennifer 50

4 Biopsychological Factors, Gender, and Delinquency Diana Fishbein Fishbein, Diana Shari Miller Miller, Shari Donna Marie Winn Winn, Donna Marie Gayle Dakof Dakof, Gayle 84

5 Family Influences on Girls' Delinquency Candace Kruttschnitt Kruttschnitt, Candace Peggy Giordano Giordano, Peggy 107

6 Peer Influences on Girls' Delinquency Peggy Giordano Giordano, Peggy 127

7 Girls, Schooling, and Delinquency Allison Ann Payne Payne, Allison Ann Denise C. Gottfredson Gottfredson, Denise C. Candace Kruttschnitt Kruttschnitt, Candace 146

8 Gender Differences in Neighborhood Effects and Delinquency Margaret A. Zahn Zahn, Margaret A. Angela Browne Browne, Angela 164

9 The Context of Girls' Violence: Peer Groups, Families, Schools, and Communities Merry Morash Morash, Merry Meda Chesney-Lind Chesney-Lind, Meda 182

10 Young Women and Street Gangs Jody Miller Miller, Jody 207

11 Girls in the Juvenile Justice System Barry C. Feld Feld, Barry C. 225

Appendix Girls Study Group Members 265

Notes 267

References 273

Contributors 325

Index 329

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