Family Structure, Gender and Juvenile Crime Processing

Pernilla Johannson, University of Texas - Dallas
Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, University of Texas at Dallas

ABSTRACT
This study examines gender differences and similarities among a racially and ethnically diverse population of nearly 10,000 recent juvenile cases referred to a large metropolitan court. With substantial information about the families, living arrangements, parental employment, substance abuse, and mental health problems for a large number of youths, these data provide unique opportunities for within and across gender comparisons to enhance our understanding of family influence and other risk factors for delinquency, court processing, treatment, and out of home placement.

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