Exploring Sex Differences among Sentenced Juvenile Offenders in Australia

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Title Exploring Sex Differences among Sentenced Juvenile Offenders in Australia
Author Fitzgerald, Robin; Mazerolle, Paul Joseph; Piquero, Alex; Ansara, Donna L.
Journal Name Justice Quarterly
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Recent research applying latent class analysis (LCA) reveals considerable diversity in the self‐reported offending patterns of incarcerated females and suggests that a failure to recognize these patterns will hinder the ability to understand mechanisms that lead females to serious offending. Using data from a cohort of serious juvenile offenders in Queensland, Australia, this paper extends the earlier research by using LCA to assess sex differences in juvenile criminal offending. Results indicate that female offenders are not a homogenous group with respect to their offending patterns, that there is a degree of symmetry between male and female offenders, and that childhood experiences of maltreatment increase the likelihood of membership in the most serious offending group for both males and females. Implications for theory and policy as well as directions for future research are highlighted.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2011.565361
Volume 29
Issue Number 3
Page from 420
Page to 447
ISSN 0741-8825
Date Accessioned 2012-02-28
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44470
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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