Gender and Fanily

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Gender and Family |



8/7/2011 |


Monty Spencer


How does gender affect delinquency?

There are many factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency. Life experiences vary among boys and girls therefore; gender does play some role among delinquent behavior. Most research surrounding delinquent behavior is focused on boys. With the research primarily done on boys it makes understanding all the differences between boys and girls and their delinquent behavior nearly impossible. There has been a recent increase in female delinquency, although it has not been discovered whether it is actually more female juveniles committing crimes or if it is that society is recognizing female’s delinquent behavior. “Between 1980 and 2005, arrests of girls increased nationwide, while arrests of boys decreased (Fed. Bur. Inv, 06). Gender plays a role in delinquent behavior as seen as boys are taught to be tough and stand up for one self. Girls are taught to be soft-hearted and kind. Girls and boys respond to social situations differently. Most generally girls are soft spoken and interact appropriately with others. Boys are generally louder and seek excitement. Boys have always been noticed for their behavior and their reactions to others.

What are some current explanations for gender differences as they relate to delinquency?

There is some correlation between those abused and delinquent behavior.

Although, there is not concrete evidence that girls are who are abused are the ones entering the juvenile justice system. Females seem to be committing more sexually based crimes, as this seems to stem from the abuse they endure or the way they feel about themselves. Boys tend to commit more violent crimes, although there has been an increase in female violent offenders.

How does family affect delinquency by what is taught to the child?...