Adjudicated Females’ Participation in Violence from Adolescence to Adulthood

Results from a Longitudinal Study
  • Nadine LanctÔt
  • Catherine Émond
  • Marc Le Blanc
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 19)


In their recent review of the literature, (1998) note that the criminological study of delinquent behavior has focused primarily on between-group differences. As a result, the etiological study of delinquency from an individual perspective has been neglected. This observation is particularly true when examining the evolution of delinquents and vio-lent activities among adolescent females (Pajer, 1998; Wangby, Bergman, & Magnusson, 1999). It is an accepted fact in the literature that females commit less serious offences when compared with male counterparts (Chesney-Lind & Shelden, 1998). This gender difference is observed in official statistics as well as in self-reported surveys. Females are also less likely to continue engaging in delinquent behaviors as they move into late adolescence/early adulthood (Pajer, 1998; Lanctôt & Le Blanc, 2002). However, the gender gap in prevalence and persistence rates is smaller for deviant activities such as drug use (Pajer, 1998; Lanctôt & Le Blanc, 2002).


Young Adulthood Adolescent Female Violent Behavior Delinquent Behavior Relational Aggression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadine LanctÔt
    • 1
  • Catherine Émond
    • 1
  • Marc Le Blanc
    • 1
  1. 1.School of CriminologyUniversity of MontréalCanada

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