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Explaining the Gender Gap in Delinquency

Title: Explaining the Gender Gap in Delinquency: Moral Evaluations of Behavior and Peer Influence.
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Name(s): Mears, Daniel, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 1998
Physical Form: computer
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Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Gender is one of the strongest correlates of delinquent behavior, but gender differences in delinquency have proven difficult to explain. Some analysts have called for gender-specific theories of delinquency, while others argue that males and females are differentially exposed to or differentially affected by the same criminogenic conditions. Building on the latter approach, this paper draws on Sutherland's theory of differential association and Gilligan's theory of moral development to argue that males and females are differentially affected by exposure to delinquent peers. Analysis of data from the National Youth Survey supports the hypothesis that moral evaluations act as a barrier to reduce or counteract the influence of delinquent peers among females, thereby producing large observed sex differences in delinquent behavior.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460062028 (IID)
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460062028
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
Issue: iss. 3, vol. 35

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Mears, D. (1998). Explaining the Gender Gap in Delinquency: Moral Evaluations of Behavior and Peer Influence. Journal Of Research In Crime And Delinquency. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460062028