An Integrated Theoretical Examination of Gender-Specificity in Pathways to Serious and Violent Delinquency

Dana Peterson, University at Albany
Finn-Aage Esbensen, University of Missouri - St. Louis

In this paper, we test a theoretical framework that incorporates elements of social learning, self-control, and rountine activities theories to explain juvenile violence and serious delinquency. Of particular interest is assessing the extent to which this model accounts for variation in serious and violent offending by girls and boys. Considerable disagreement exists about whether there are different etiological paths to delinquency for girls and boys. Given the emphasis on developing "gender-specific" programs, it is important to determine if there in fact are different paths leading to delinquency.

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