Juvenile Delinquency in Girls

  • Susan M. Fisher
  • Irving Hurwitz
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


Since the scope of characteristics and problems encompassed under the term juvenile delinquency is vast, for the purposes of this chapter we define a pathological delinquent as

an individual suffering from an impulse-ridden character disorder with origins of pathology in pre-school years ... we find that children with delinquent character formation have suffered the trauma of a serious disturbance in object relationships.* We have found that many of the parents are disturbed, and are also acting-out, impulse-ridden people with a tendency toward sado-masochistic† patterns of relating (in which they are both victim and oppressor in alternation). There is, then, neither a normally adequate parental model for identification and reality orientation, nor the security and support necessary for the development of the ego mechanisms to cope with both the inner and the external threats that confront the child.1


Delinquent Behavior Juvenile Delinquency Female Delinquency Explosive Outburst Delinquent Girl 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan M. Fisher
    • 1
  • Irving Hurwitz
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Chicago School of MedicineChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Boston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  3. 3.Division of Child PsychiatryNew England Medical CenterBostonUSA

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