Bright, C.L., P.L. Kohl, and M. Jonson-Reid. Females in the juvenile justice system: Who are they and how do they fare? Crime & Delinquency (in press)
By Lori Whitten, Staff Writer, RTI International, Rockville, MD
How do boys and girls who engage in delinquent behavior fare as young adults? Generally, delinquent boys are more likely than their peers to experience difficulties—including substance use, mental health problems, and poorer educational attainment and earnings—during their transition to adulthood. Girls may also have problems during this critical shift toward independent living, but empirical studies on this population are lacking. The knowledge resulting from such studies could guide the development of tailored services to address the needs of delinquent youth—and especially girls, who now represent an increasing proportion of those involved in juvenile court.
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