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Examining Effects of Parental Sexual Abuse on Female Juvenile Delinquency Using a Social Developmental Perspective
by Nagle, Michelle, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2019, 174; 13902554
Abstract (Summary)

Delinquency has traditionally been viewed as a male phenomenon, often defined in androcentric terms, and neglecting females in studies regarding delinquent behavior. However, females are the fastest growing subpopulation of the correction population, which amplifies the importance of understanding the nature and etiology of their offending. Recent research has suggested that predictors of male juvenile delinquency do not adequately explain delinquency in females, because the androcentric research ignores the damaging impact of sexual childhood abuse and other prominent family factors on female juvenile delinquents. This study aimed to examine the impact of childhood parental sexual abuse on female juvenile delinquency from a social developmental perspective by testing a sub-model of the SDM using a longitudinal database of child abuse and neglect. Results from PLS-SEM indicated that there were multiple relationships between constructs that differed between females and males, further supporting the idea of gender-specific risk factors. The strongest effect of male gender was on the relationships between parental monitoring and parental bonding and family socialization, and sexual abuse and moderate delinquency and family socialization. The strongest effect of female gender was on the relationship between sexual abuse and serious delinquency, and neighborhood safety and antisocial beliefs. Results point towards new ideas regarding differences in male and female delinquency and the impact of sexual abuse and offer support in using the Social Development Model in the study of delinquency.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shapiro, David
Commitee: Walker, Lenore, Kennedy, Tom
School: Nova Southeastern University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 81/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology, Criminology, Gender studies
Keywords: Forensic, Parental, Psychology, Sexual abuse, Social development model, Structural equation modeling
Publication Number: 13902554
ISBN: 9781088302422
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