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ERIC Number: EJ1010770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs: Findings from a Gender-Specific Focus Group Study
Garcia, Crystal A.; Lane, Jodi
Crime & Delinquency, v59 n4 p536-561 Jun 2013
Most arrests among girls are attributable to status offenses and property crimes; however, the number of girls arrested for assault and other violent crimes is increasing. Although arrest patterns among girls may be changing, the way the system responds has not. Correctional programs have almost always been designed with the male offender in mind--ignoring the needs of at-risk and delinquent girls. The paucity of gender-specific programming might have seemed acceptable in the past; however, academics and practitioners now agree that girls' needs can no longer be ignored. The purpose of this article is to (a) report on findings from a focus group study that examines what at-risk and delinquent girls claim they want and need from the system, (b) determine whether what the girls say they want is similar to what the literature says they need, and (c) provide practical recommendations that practitioners can use to improve the status of girls in their care. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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