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Do female offenders differ? Comparing the criminal histories of serious violent perpetrators with a control sample

Coleman, R, Almond, L and McManus, MA (2017) Do female offenders differ? Comparing the criminal histories of serious violent perpetrators with a control sample. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 15 (1). pp. 3-19. ISSN 1544-4759

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Abstract

In view of earlier research, female offenders have not received as much attention as male perpetrators. Thus, the research aimed to gain insight into the types of offences committed by serious violent female offenders (n = 206; those who had committed grievous bodily harm, attempted murder, or homicide) and to explore differences with control female perpetrators (n = 447); control offenders were matched according to age and year of offence of the serious violent offenders. The purpose was to, therefore, gather an understanding of female offenders and to determine if the serious violent perpetrators differed from the control sample. A UK police force provided data of offences committed between April 2001 and April 2011. Descriptive information was analysed, with comparisons being made using Mann–Whitney U tests and chi‐square analyses. About 72.3% (n = 149) of serious violent offenders had one or more recorded convictions and were significantly more likely to have committed a previous violent offence than the control sample. On the other hand, control perpetrators had a higher likelihood of having previously committed a theft‐related offence, when compared to serious violent females. Therefore, the findings indicate the types of offences committed by female offenders and highlight the differences between serious violent perpetrators and offenders in the control sample. The implications and limitations are discussed.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Coleman, R, Almond, L, McManus, M. Do female offenders differ? Comparing the criminal histories of serious violent perpetrators with a control sample. J Investig Psychol Offender Profil. 2018; 15: 3– 19. https://doi.org/10.1002/jip.1485, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jip.1485. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Wiley
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Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 11:53
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2020 12:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.1002/jip.1485
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12802

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