Child maltreatment and onset of offending: Implications for criminal career paths

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Title Child maltreatment and onset of offending: Implications for criminal career paths
Author Dennison, Susan Michelle; Stewart, Anna Louise
Journal Name The Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Abstract Although a relationship between child maltreatment and juvenile offending has been documented, little is known about the way in which maltreatment affects the timing and frequency of juvenile offending. Recent work on antisocial behaviour and offending in adolescents suggests that young people exposed to negative childhood experiences are more likely to offend earlier in life and mare frequently than those who have not been exposed to such risk factors. The purpose ofthis study is to explore how one childhood risk factor. being maltreatment, in~uences the age of onset and frequency of juvenile offending. This study used the recards of an Australian birth cohort who are now 18 and who came to the attention ofthe Department ofFamilies (Queensland) about a child maltreatment matter, a juvenile justice matter, or bath. Children who were maltreated were more likely to offend than children without official maltreatment records and were also more likely to offend earlier and more frequently that children who had not been maltreated. This research has important implications for understanding the onset ofcriminal careers and for the allocation of resources into crime prevention interventions and effective responses to maltreatment
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 18
Page from 57
Page to 70
ISSN 0816-5122
Date Accessioned 2009-07-20
Date Available 2014-12-01T04:50:00Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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