Laws 2013, 2(3), 244-282; doi:10.3390/laws2030244
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Engendering the Evidence Base: A Critical Review of the Conceptual and Empirical Foundations of Gender-Responsive Interventions for Girls’ Delinquency

Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
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Received: 5 July 2013; in revised form: 19 August 2013 / Accepted: 28 August 2013 / Published: 29 August 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Development of Juvenile Delinquency)
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Abstract: A dramatic rise in arrest rates for girls over the past decade has led to an increasing interest in understanding gender differences in the risk factors that are associated with delinquency. Moreover, the call has been made for the implementation of gender-specific or gender-responsive interventions in order to effectively divert girls from an antisocial course. However, questions have been raised about three key assumptions underlying the gender-responsive approach to girls involved in the juvenile justice system: is there unequivocal evidence for gender-specificity in the risk factors that contribute to girls’ delinquency; is there clear evidence that existing non-gender-responsive evidence-based interventions for delinquency are less effective for girls than boys; and is there well-grounded evidence that interventions specifically tailored for girls are differentially effective? This article reviews the available research regarding each of these questions and proposes an agenda for future research into the development of effective interventions for juvenile justice-involved girls.
Keywords: delinquency; girls; trauma; adolescents; gender; intervention; evidence-based

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Kerig, P.K.; Schindler, S.R. Engendering the Evidence Base: A Critical Review of the Conceptual and Empirical Foundations of Gender-Responsive Interventions for Girls’ Delinquency. Laws 2013, 2, 244-282.

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Kerig PK, Schindler SR. Engendering the Evidence Base: A Critical Review of the Conceptual and Empirical Foundations of Gender-Responsive Interventions for Girls’ Delinquency. Laws. 2013; 2(3):244-282.

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Kerig, Patricia K.; Schindler, Sheryl R. 2013. "Engendering the Evidence Base: A Critical Review of the Conceptual and Empirical Foundations of Gender-Responsive Interventions for Girls’ Delinquency." Laws 2, no. 3: 244-282.

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