The Changing Nature of Female Delinquency

  • Sheila Balkan
  • Ronald J. Berger
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO, volume 2)


Traditional discussions of attitudinal and behavioral differences between males and females have consistently confused sex with gender. A person’s sex is biological while gender connotes behavior learned from the pool of cues present in the sociocultural environment and through interaction with significant and generalized others (Karlin, 1971; Sears, 1970; G. H. Mead, 1935). Gender characteristics of males and females are not the result of innate biological or psychological differences but are derived from the socialization process, which varies considerably from one society to another (M. Mead, 1935).


Property Crime Probation Officer Juvenile Court Uniform Crime Report Female Offender 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheila Balkan
    • 1
  • Ronald J. Berger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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