|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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