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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES BULLETIN
ON THE CAUSES AND CORRELATES OF GIRLS' DELINQUENCY

WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs today announced the release of the fifth in a series of Girls Study Group bulletins from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention that present findings and examine issues related to delinquent behavior in adolescent girls. This bulletin summarizes the results of the research team's extensive review of social science literature on individual-level risk factors for delinquency and factors related to family, peers, school, and communities, and it identifies the implications for program and policy related to risk and protective factors.

The bulletin identifies eight factors that are significantly correlated with girls' delinquency. They are: negative and critical mothers, harsh discipline, inconsistent discipline, family conflict, frequent family moves, multiple caregivers, longer periods of time with a single parent, and growing up in socioeconomically disadvantaged families.

 

TITLE:

"Causes and Correlates of Girls' Delinquency"

RESEARCHERS:

  Margaret A. Zahn, Ph.D., et al.
  Girls Study Group Members

PUBLISHER:

  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

WHERE:

  http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/226358.pdf

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