ERIC Number: ED430069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Reference Count: N/A
Girls and Violence. ERIC Digest Number 143.
This digest reviews current research on girls' delinquent and violent behavior, the factors contributing to it, and effective programming strategies to prevent it. Girls are more involved in violent crime than they were a decade ago. Their murder rate is up 64%, although status offenses (offenses only because the perpetrator is a minor) continue to comprise most of girls' arrests. The violent crimes committed by girls differ from offenses by boys. Girls are more likely to use knives, more likely to kill someone as a result of a conflict rather than during a crime, and more likely to murder or fight with family members. Current research on adolescent violence and delinquency considers how social class, race, ethnicity, and culture interact to cause young women to behave violently. To serve young women effectively, programs must develop culturally sensitive, gender-specific approaches to intervention. A recent review of existing programs for girls suggests that three common elements combine in program success: (1) comprehensive counseling; (2) educational and occupational support; and (3) support for young women not able to remain with their families. (Contains 13 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Delinquency, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Intervention, Program Effectiveness, School Safety, Sex Differences, Urban Schools, Violence
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Box 40, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; Tel: 800-601-4868 (Toll Free) (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.