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An analysis of high-risk offending pathways for young females in custody

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posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by S M Shepherd, Danielle Newton, C Harries, R L Fix, R Fullam
Adolescent females who have engaged in severe and/or chronic offending are an understudied population internationally. The literature on female offending pathways has indeed advanced, and there is a better understanding of how female offending behaviours manifest and how correctional agencies should be responding. However, much of the existing research has focused on the risk factors and retrospective biographical narratives of adult female offenders. The present study focused on thematically exploring the self-reported life experiences and offending pathways of 36 detained adolescent females. Findings identified multiple themes including disconnection from education, early care-giver disruption/family separation, personal and family mental health problems, poly-substance abuse, anti-social peers, victimisation and anger problems. The study identifies that early family disruption is an important factor that may contribute to later offending behaviour and other negative life events. Prevention efforts should begin with the family when it comes to high-risk young females.

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Journal

Psychiatry, psychology and law

Volume

26

Issue

2

Pagination

194 - 205

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1321-8719

eISSN

1934-1687

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

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