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Title: Fighting, self-reliance and being the "Bigger Man" : Native Hawaiian and Samoan girls' experiences and perceptions of peer violence 
Author: Adler, Corey
Date: 2007
Abstract: In Hawai'i, while juvenile arrests decreased 35.6% from 1993-2003 and serious offenses decreased 47.5% from 1992-2002, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth are shown to be disproportionately involved with the juvenile justice system (Pasko, 2006). Another two-year study in Hawai'i found that Native Hawaiian juveniles comprised 50.5% of incarcerated youth despite Native Hawaiians comprising only 19% ,of the state population, and non-Hawaiian Pacific Islanders comprised 5.9% of incarcerated youth despite making up only 2.4% of the state's population. In this same study, non-Hawaiian Pacific Islanders were three times more likely to be involved in gangs than other incarcerated youth (61.7% vs. 20.5%) (Bradford & Perrone, 2001). When taking gender in to account, Native Hawaiian girls accounted for 45% of circuit court cases, followed by Filipinas (17%), Caucasians (15%) and Samoans (4%) (Pasko, 2006). This study contributes to the small but growing literature on girls' violence in disaggregated Asian I Pacific Islander ethnic groups by examining Hawaiian and Samoan girls' experiences and perceptions of peer fighting.
Description: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 59-63). v, 63 leaves, bound 29 cm
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/20898
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.

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