CJS 240 W4 Assignment - Gender and Family
CJS 240 W4 Assignment - Gender and Family
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1 Gender and Delinquency Gender and Delinquency JOSH GORBAN According to the Florida Department of Corrections has received 6619 juvenile offenders that were sentenced to juvenile facilities and a total of 89776 individual youths during the 2007 2008 year Florida Department of Corrections 2008 The report released by the Florida Department of Corrections states that of the above number of juveniles handled 28 113 were females This is 33 of the total 89776 juveniles referred to the department of corrections the remaining are males What is the reasoning thought to be behind why males are more inclined to be involved with the law than females One reason to have in uence over the gender aggression is thought to be social development Females are generally raised to be more aware of their surroundings and the way people look at them Females are also generally raised to be dainty and not as aggressive as males are raised For example if a female encompasses a situation where she feels threatened she may run and tell someone however if this situation has occurred with a male he will react in a aggressive manner Growing up boys are taught to play physical contact types of games such as wrestling and football whereas females are taught to be a more gentler soul by playing with and caring for baby dolls playing house and dress up all of which are non physical non aggressive types of play This type of behavior in turn in uences the females to be less aggressive while the males are taught to be more aggressive and to extemalize their anger In essence females are taught to be feminine and males are taught to be manlier masculine With the socialization of males being the aggressive types they are often seen as the individual who will hang out with other peers who take on extreme adventures such as stealing and other criminal behavior Males seek out a bond with their peers that can sometimes form gangs These gangs in turn may end up having a pact for their survival or to prove their manhood by doing certain tasks Some of these tasks can include robbing someone beating someone up and even sexual liaisons to the more serious offenses of rape and murder Socialization is not the only reason be to thought that has an in uence on gender based crime it is also believed that the family has a big impact on the behavior of children whether male or female 2 Gender and Delinquency The family atmosphere that a child is reared is has a great deal to do with how a child is in uenced to behave in society Children who grow up in homes where there is drug use and criminal behavior patterns by the adults often become acceptable and think the behavior is ok In turn these children who are subject to seeing this type of behavior tend to act out the behavior that they see The family generally instructs and develops how the child will perceive what is right or wrong behavior A family s in uence on a child s first years of life is the greatest It has been asserted that children who grow up in homes where there is a lack of parental responsibility a lack of protection and violence tend to act out in negligent ways Motiejunas 1998 People have also stated that it is not only how a family acts that causes a juvenile to become a delinquent but being that the children are not raised in homes with both parents History has shown that there are children and juvenile who have grown up in homes where they have both parents and are financially well off but still commit criminal behavior This is evident is the cases of Erik and Lyle Menendez these boys were raised in what society deems a real good homes and well off yet have been convicted of murdering their parents Poindexter 1990 The jury convicted both Menendez boys of two counts of first degree murder as well as conspiracy to commit murder and are serving life in prison without a chance at parole This goes to show that juveniles can be raised in homes with both parents and have financial assets yet still commit crimes The odds are not on how many parents raise a child but in how the child is reared The values that a child is taught and reinforced throughout their life can in uence how a juvenile chooses to live and act in society 3 Gender and Delinquency References Florida Department of Corrections 2008 Key Juvenile Crime Trends Motiejunas V 1998 Sociumas Retrieved June 28 2009 from Social factors of juvenile delinquency Web site httpWWWsociumasltEnganZnepilnameciaiasp Poindexter J 1990 March 26 A Beverly Hills Paradise Lost People magazine vol 33 number 12
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