Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Tim Wadsworth

Second Advisor

Matthew Brown

Third Advisor

Jerry Jacka


This thesis examines how juvenile justice professionals working in Colorado view the differences between male and female youth offenders and their opinions on whether gender-specific programs are warranted given these differences. The research also attempts to determine if there is a correlation between a professional’s occupation and how he or she views the programming needs of males and females. The findings reveal that the implementation of gender-specific programs remains a controversial issue amongst scholars and practitioners and that attention should also be placed on individuals who do not conform to the traditional male-female gender binaries, as well as female youth offenders.