Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 285–301 | Cite as

Lesbian and Bisexual Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

  • Mary Curtin


This article examines the experiences of lesbian and bisexual girls in the juvenile justice system. Its purpose is to document how the juvenile justice system serves this population. The researcher interviewed six lesbian or bisexual youth and six staff participants who work with them and found that the system is lacking in its awareness and treatment of this population. Some problems include homophobia and heterosexism in policy, staff attitudes, and by other girls, disparate treatment of lesbian and bisexual girls motivated by stereotypes and misinformation, and little understanding of the role that sexual orientation may play in a girl's life. Implications for future practice and policy are offered.

Lesbian Bisexual Adolescent Juvenile Justice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Curtin
    • 1
  1. 1.Lake Grove at Maple Valley, Inc.Wendell

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