Differentiating Juvenile Offenders by Gender: Risk of Recidivism

Mary E. Poulin, Temple University

ABSTRACT
Girls are typically classified as being at low risk of recidivism when compared to boys. Previous work testing gender-neutral and gender-specific delinquency risk classifications indicates that the factors associated with re-offfending differ by gender. Using data from a population of adjudicated delinquent juveniles, this paper will describe the development of two recidivism risk classifications--one each for male and female juveniles. The presentation will focus on the value of developing such tools, the methods used to create the classifications, and descriptions of juveniles at various levels of risk.

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