Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Douglas P. Ferraro
Number of Pages
Recent increases in violence rates among female juveniles, especially African Americans and Hispanics, have necessitated an investigation of contributors to violence. The present study examines differential aspects of peer relationships as predictors of violence among female juvenile offenders, taking racial/ethnic differences into account. Questionnaires assessing for peer relationship variables (i.e., attachment, perceptions of delinquency, involvement in peer pressure, and association with delinquent peers) and delinquent and violent behavior were administered to 136 female juvenile offenders. The results showed that high levels of peer association and extrinsic rewards from peer relationships best predicted violence among female juvenile offenders. Among Caucasians, African Americans, and Hispanics, separate dimensions of peer relationships differentially predicted violent behavior.
Delinquents; Differences; Ethnic; Females; Peer; Racial; Relations; Study; Violence
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Silverman, Jenna Rachael, "Peer relations among female delinquents: A study of racial/ethnic differences and violence" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1802.