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9 - Prevention of antisocial behaviour in females

Summary

Sound preventive interventions to target antisocial behaviour among girls depends on reliable empirical data to address three primary questions. First, what are the rates and patterns of involvement in antisocial behaviour among females? Second, what are the predictors and correlates of involvement in antisocial behaviour among females? Third, is there any evidence of programme impact of interventions for females and is there any evidence of differential impact due to gender? In this chapter, I review the available empirical literature to summarise the state of our knowledge to address these questions to guide prevention efforts.

However, it is clear that the ability of the review to be informative for guiding prevention is constrained because there are limited data available that focus specifically on girls. Also, there are several issues that limit the ability to interpret much of the data that do exist. Therefore, the first part of the chapter focuses on three major issues that have constrained the state of knowledge regarding antisocial behaviour and girls: (1) lack of inclusion of girls in studies of antisocial behaviour, (2) differences in the behaviours that might define antisocial behaviour among girls and the long-term outcomes associated with antisocial behaviour in childhood for women and (3) the inclusion of gender in theory development. The second part of the chapter proposes an approach that can overcome these limitations and through which the development of antisocial behaviour for both males and females might be understood.

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