Exploring sex differences among sentenced juvenile offenders in Australia

Fitzgerald, Robin, Mazerolle, Paul, Piquero, Alex R. and Ansara, Donna L. (2012) Exploring sex differences among sentenced juvenile offenders in Australia. Justice Quarterly, 29 3: 420-447. doi:10.1080/07418825.2011.565361

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Author Fitzgerald, Robin
Mazerolle, Paul
Piquero, Alex R.
Ansara, Donna L.
Title Exploring sex differences among sentenced juvenile offenders in Australia
Journal name Justice Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0741-8825
Publication date 2012
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07418825.2011.565361
Volume 29
Issue 3
Start page 420
End page 447
Total pages 28
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
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.
Keyword Juvenile offenders
Sex differences
Child maltreatment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes iFirst Article, Available online: 26 Apr 2011

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