Year: 2007 Source: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, v.23, no.4, (November 2007), p.341-362 SIEC No: 20080212

Data on 2,303 youth participating in the New York State Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Diversion Program were used to explore differences between girls & boys on factors commonly associated with recidivism & out-of-community placement. 4% of the sample had attempted suicide at least once (6.8% females, 3.6% males). Suicide attempts were significantly related to out-of-community placement for boys. Suicide attempts were not a predictor of recidivism for boys or girls. Results indicate the necessity of conducting studies of girls & women that are grounded in female-specific theories & collecting information through gender-sensitive methodologies. (40 refs.)