U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
This brief from the Girls Study Group – a group of academic researchers formed by OJJDP in the late 1990s – reports that despite a rise in female juvenile arrests, violence among female youth has not increased. It also finds that both boys and girls experience many of the same delinquency risks, and that while some factors are gender-sensitive, focusing on general risk prevention and protective factors for all youth is effective. Over the next several months, OJJDP plans to release a series of bulletins focused on specific facets of the study group’s research. Free, 8 pages. (202) 307-0703, www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/223434.pdf.