Sex differences in offending trajectories in a Swedish cohort

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Sex differences in offending trajectories in a Swedish cohort

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dc.contributor.author Andersson, Frida
dc.contributor.author Levander, Sten
dc.contributor.author Svensson, Robert
dc.contributor.author Torstensson Levander, Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-17T13:27:54Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-17T13:27:54Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 108-121 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2857 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13440
dc.description.abstract Background Despite the increased interest in female offending trajectories over the last decades, knowledge is still limited. Aim To meet the need for more knowledge on female offending trajectories by studying sex differences in criminal career patterns. Method Data on 518 female and 2567 male offenders up to age 30 from the Swedish longitudinal Project Metropolitan study were analysed using latent class analysis. Results The female offenders were much less predisposed to offend than the males, but when they did, they tended to follow a similar set of trajectories to males in their criminal development over time. Four criminal career patterns were identified for each sex. Two patterns were the same between the sexes, and two were gender unique. All career patterns had meaningful and distinct associations with crime characteristics. Conclusions Our study presents indicators relating both to gender differences and to heterogeneity within the group of female offenders. One important finding was the identification of an adult-onset offender group unique to females. This group was characterised by high criminal activity over the years following their late onset. Further research will focus on the childhood origins, pathways and outcomes of different female antisocial and criminal careers. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher John Wiley and Sons en_US
dc.subject criminality en_US
dc.subject sex differences en_US
dc.subject longitudinal en_US
dc.subject trajectories en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Sex differences in offending trajectories in a Swedish cohort en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cbm.1822 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health;2
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 22
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