Chapter 1:   Female Juvenile Delinquents

At A Glance

A number of interconnected risk factors contribute to adolescent girls being at risk of delinquency. Statistics show that more girls are becoming involved in the justice system, at a younger age, and some for more violent offenses. Minorities are disproportionately represented, and female delinquents have fewer placement options than their male peers in the juvenile justice system. Although research about female delinquents has been scarce, a growing body of research is beginning to identify developmental pathways most likely to lead girls to delinquency.

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Guiding Principles for Promising
Female Programming
October 1998