Deviance Among Females: Developmental Pathways From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

Nadine Lanctot, University of Montreal
Marc LeBlanc, University of Montreal

The study of the development of deviant behavior from an individual standpoint is neglected, particularly applicable for females. The few recent studies indicated that most adolescent females were characterized by a transitory delinquency; a form of offending that is limited to a specific period. Hence, few adolescent females engaged in a persistent deviant career. The main objective of this study is to identify developmental pathways of deviance among females, from adolescence to young adulthood. To do so a sample of a 150 adjudicated females is used. Four trajectories were identified: benign persistent drug users and delinquents, delinquent explorers, drug users and delinquent deescalators, and persistent drug users and moderate delinquents.

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