Criminal Justice-COLL | Girls, Violence, and Antisocial Behavior
P427 | 11551 | Herrera


Girls’ involvement in delinquency and in particular violent
offending has often been historically overlooked in theory,
research, and programming.  However, the recent attention to girls'
aggression and the reported increases in girls’ violent arrests has
again provoked media interest about the newest type of bad girl.  In
this course we will begin to explore the extent and nature of girls’
violence and antisocial behavior in context.  This will be
accomplished by taking a comprehensive and integrated approach
towards understanding the lives of girls.  Salient issues including
girls’ perpetration of violence/aggression as well as their
victimization, girls’ sexuality (e.g. promiscuity, teen pregnancy,
sexual orientation), drug use, and psychopathology will be
addressed.  We will examine how criminological theory has explained
and/or ignored girls’ offending.  We will also investigate both the
causes and consequences of girls’ involvement in these behaviors.
How do family, poverty, school, relationships with peers and
intimate partners, sexism, racism, and the media impact girls’
lives?  Lastly we will discuss potential intervention and treatment
strategies and the role and need of gender specific services.

Class meeting: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:15

Instructor:  Professor Veronica Herrera, Criminal Justice Department