Item #20737 A Study of the Problem of Girl Delinquency in New Haven. WOMEN, Mabel Wiley, JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, SOCIAL WELFARE.

A Study of the Problem of Girl Delinquency in New Haven

New Haven, CT: Civic Federation of New Haven, 1915.

First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 6 x 9 in.,39 pp, in original stapled wrappers, with a double-page "Map Showing Girl Delinquency Areas in the City of New Haven, Conn." Two names in pencil on front wrapper, some handling wear; very good. Number 15 in the series Documents of the Civic Federation of New Haven, produced by their Committee on Social and Industrial Conditions. The study--which was based on a review of seven years of police and court records as well as "mental examinations" of girls and interviews with teachers, employers, police, doctors, and others--investigated causal factors in "girl delinquency" (defined as any illegal activity by a girl aged 7-21) and the handling of cases by the court system. Causes identified include lack of supervision at home and in the community (especially in dark movie theaters), access to alcohol at dance halls and cafes, and the "influence of a small proportion of the students at the University" who patronize the "girls walking up and down and standing on corners until late every night." The report concludes with detailed recommendations for improvement, including changing in the attitude of the legal system toward the girls (focusing on rehabilitation rather than punishment), more careful selection of and higher pay for probation officers, improved record-keeping, improved coordination with outside agencies, and creation of a "thoroughly modern and up-to-date detention home" for girls and women.

Item #20737