Gender Differences in Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Youth Violence

Charlotte Lyn Bright, James Herbert Williams, Granger Petersen

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It has been posited that the juvenile justice system was designed around the needs of boys, who traditionally have constituted the majority juvenile courtinvolved population. As girls have become a larger and better understood minority in this system, however, scholarship has begun to recognize their specific pathways and needs. Chapter 4 focuses on gender and violent offending, emphasizing the most recent empirical evidence on similarities and differences in boys' and girls' violent behavior. The chapter addresses the following questions: What proportion of violent crimes do male and female youth commit? Are boys and girls becoming more or less violent? Why do youth behave violently in the first place, and why do girls seem to be less violent than boys? What can protect boys and girls from committing violent behavior? How do race, ethnicity, and gender impact violence and the juvenile justice system's response to it? What are the potential young adult outcomes of violence among girls? Finally, what can we do about boys' and girls' violence, and what do we still need to learn in order to respond to appropriately?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationViolence in Context
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Evidence on Risk, Protection, and Prevention
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865215
ISBN (Print)9780195369595
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethnicity
  • Gender differences
  • Girls and violence
  • Juvenile justice
  • Prevention
  • Protective factors
  • Race
  • Risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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