Gender And Family Influences On Delinquency

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Gender and Family Influences in Delinquency In today’s society, more and more adolescents are committing delinquent crimes. The juvenile justice system’s officials constantly are trying to establish what provokes an adolescent to become a delinquent and descend into this lifestyle. Adolescents are more likely to become juvenile delinquents if there is too little structure provided for them in their families or loss of inner feelings and pride in their particular gender. This paper explores how an adolescent’s gender and family life influences delinquency. Several different variables focus on leading adolescents into delinquency such as gender differentials, masculinity hypothesis, family function, impact of family disorders, and two parent households. Psychologists believe that differences in the way females and males are socialized affect their development (Siegel & Welsh, 2006). A current explanation for some gender differences relating to delinquency involves “social statusing”. A status offense is most commonly an act or conduct that is declared by statute to be an offense, but only when committed or engaged in by a juvenile and adjudicated in a juvenile court (Status Offense, 2002). Shopping malls and other public places are witness areas to watch both genders be defiant while being daring, adventurousness, and enjoyment of loud, rough, and risky activities. Males have a more aggressive attitude than females and fewer time spent in relationships with opposite sex because of the “bonds”, they are establishing with current delinquent male friends. Both of these past issues are results from becoming a delinquent. Female delinquency is less than male delinquency because of morals, harming others, and less violent. According to our text, female delinquency is growing in today’s society from females having biological and psychological traits

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