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Female Delinquency From Childhood To Young Adulthood

Recent Results from the Pittsburgh Girls Study

  • Rolf Loeber
  • Wesley G. Jennings
  • Lia Ahonen
  • Alex R. Piquero
  • David P. Farrington

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Rolf Loeber, Wesley G. Jennings, Lia Ahonen, Alex R. Piquero, David P. Farrington
    Pages 1-4
  3. Rolf Loeber, Wesley G. Jennings, Lia Ahonen, Alex R. Piquero, David P. Farrington
    Pages 5-11
  4. Rolf Loeber, Wesley G. Jennings, Lia Ahonen, Alex R. Piquero, David P. Farrington
    Pages 13-21
  5. Rolf Loeber, Wesley G. Jennings, Lia Ahonen, Alex R. Piquero, David P. Farrington
    Pages 23-28
  6. Rolf Loeber, Wesley G. Jennings, Lia Ahonen, Alex R. Piquero, David P. Farrington
    Pages 29-35
  7. Rolf Loeber, Wesley G. Jennings, Lia Ahonen, Alex R. Piquero, David P. Farrington
    Pages 37-49
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 51-73

About this book

Introduction

This Brief fills a gap in criminological literature, as there are few empirically-based studies on delinquency of adolescent girls. It provides results of a longitudinal study, The Pittsburgh Girls Study (PGS), which includes 2,451 girls, followed annually from age 10-19, the ages when criminal behavior tends to emerge. This study provides the most extensive and comprehensive investigation into the criminal offending and self-reported trajectories of offending of PGS participants, along with an in-depth examination of other criminal career dimensions.

In five chapters, this short volume reviews the limited extent of girls' delinquency literature, presents data on girls' offending patterns (onset, persistence, specialization, and desistence), provides insights on gender differences by comparison with the Pittsburgh Youth Study, which focused on male offenders, and explores the theoretical and practical implications of the results.

By understanding the origins and onset of criminal behavior in girls, researchers can begin to understand effective interventions and crime prevention. This Brief will be of interest to researchers in criminology and criminal justice, as well as related fields such as sociology, public policy, and psychology. 

Keywords

Juvenile Delinquency Developmental and Life-Course Criminology Longitudinal Studies Gender and Crime Crime Prevention and Intervention Crime Desistance Age-Crime Curve

Authors and affiliations

  • Rolf Loeber
    • 1
  • Wesley G. Jennings
    • 2
  • Lia Ahonen
    • 3
  • Alex R. Piquero
    • 4
  • David P. Farrington
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of CriminologyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  3. 3.Örebro UniversityÖrebroSweden
  4. 4.University of Texas at Dallas Criminology ProgramRichardsonUSA
  5. 5.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48030-5
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48029-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48030-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8533
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8541
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