TRENDS IN FEMALE DELINQUENCY: An Examination of Arrest, Juvenile Court, Self‐Report, and Field Data

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Abstract

National arrest statistics combined with juvenile court, self‐report, and field observational data are used to evaluate current conceptions of the changing nature of female delinquency. Adolescent females made arrest gains in the categories of larceny (e.g., shoplifting). liquor law violations (e.g. underage drinking), and runaways. Studies of juvenile gangs show no increase in female violence or gang‐related delinquencies while self‐report data show that, with the exception of marijuana use and drinking, female delinquency has remained generally stable over the past decade. We conclude that patterns of female delinquency, especially as revealed in nonofficial sources of evidence, have changed very little in recent years and that female delinquency continues to reflect traditional sex roles. The evidence suggests that the Women's Movement has had little or no effect on female delinquency. At the end of the report. we suggest alternative views regarding female delinquency and the forces shaping it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-85
Number of pages24
JournalCriminology
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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