The Gendered Nature of Risk Factors for Delinquency Journal Article uri icon



  • Traditional delinquency theories typically exclude girls and examine economic marginalization as the primary risk factor for boys. More recent mainstream theories expand the childhood strains associated with delinquency but fail to account for the link between childhood abuses and subsequent offending reported in the feminist pathways studies of girls and women. In addition, policies since the 1990s request the development of “gender-specific services” for delinquent girls without examining how the risks are gendered. This study of 444 incarcerated youths’ self-reports indicates the contribution of feminist pathways to better understand the risks associated with and improve the responses to girls’ and boys’ delinquency by examining demographic, abuse, family, school and peer, and self-esteem variables.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006

Date in CU Experts

  • December 2, 2013 8:28 AM

Full Author List

  • Belknap J; Holsinger K

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1557-0851

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-086X

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 48

end page

  • 71


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