Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).

Zina T. McGee, Brandy Richeson, Mollie Ducoste, Carileigh Jones and Tandeka Nunn (2018) A Correlational Study of the Relationship between Risk Factors and Gun-Related Delinquency among Urban Female Adolescents


The goal of the article is to investigate whether well-established risk factors among urban female adolescents are associated with gun-related delinquency in particular. Many studies suggest that African-American females have a greater propensity to engage in delinquent behavior compared to their White counterparts in response to adverse environmental conditions, and that the rates of criminal involvement among this group are closest to White males. However, there is limited research that focuses solely on the patterns of criminality specific to this group with regard to risk factors, and the unique nature of black female juvenile delinquency remains overlooked. Additionally, most studies on violent delinquency have either addressed male gun violence or female violence through the use of knives or other weapons.  Less is known about gun-related delinquency among this population. Using data drawn from survey responses of 208 female juveniles, emphasis is placed on the factors that position them at a greater risk of engaging in gun violence.  The study uses a cross-sectional correlational study of family criminality, victimization (both direct and indirect), peer delinquency, psychological symptomatology, and gun-related delinquency.  Findings show greatest support for psychological symptomatology and family criminality as correlates to gun-related delinquency. Suggestions for future research are addressed.


Keywords: Gun-Related Delinquency, Urban Females, Risk Factors, Victimization, Violence

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About Youth Voice Journal

Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by IARS Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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IARS Publications is a not for profit independent, small publisher that was founded by Dr. Theo Gavrielides. It specialises in social sciences and research studies, has a  restorative justice series and it is also the publisher of the peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal.  


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