Gender and Family
March 4, 2012
Wk 4 Gender and Family
How does gender affect delinquency?
It can be said the males make up the vast majority of the prison population. It can also be said that men are just plain different than women when it comes to ethics, morals, and violence. Whether gender has any influence on whether or not a crime is committed is not fully understood, but there are many theories.
What are some current explanations for gender differences as they relate to delinquency? * * There are many views and theories as to if and how gender affects delinquency. One of the major theories is the gender-schema theory which basically states that society influences…show more content… Neglect can come in many forms and is also a theory behind what causes delinquent behavior. Although each family structure is different with contributing cultural factors, there may be a link between children who do not have a strong parent-child connection. Problems may arise due to inconsistent discipline, inadequate supervision, or family resources being stretched too thin due to family size or economic situations.
Are delinquent females treated differently than delinquent males by members of the juvenile justice system? * * Yes, female juvenile offenders are treated differently than male offenders. They are less likely than males to get arrested and charged for a crime. However, once charged, females typically receive a harsher punishment.
Are they treated unfairly? * * Typically, female offenders are under more scrutiny of stereotypes than males. Society, and those employed in the juvenile justice system hold females to a different moral standards than men. However, this is dependent upon the situation as well as the location. *
Do they benefit from being female? Why or why not? * * In some ways, females benefit from gender inequality, but in other ways it works against them. While they may not get arrested as often, once in the system they often deal with unfair conditions. In fact, “Institutionalized girls report that they are given fewer privileges and less space, equipment, programs, and