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Identifying gender differences in an Australian youth offender population

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posted on 2024-06-06, 04:46 authored by Stephane ShepherdStephane Shepherd, S Luebbers, M Dolan
The study examined gender differences in risk factors for violence in a sample of 213 male and female youths held in Youth Justice Centres in Victoria, Australia. Although violence risk factors are considered to be commensurate across gender, a growing body of international literature is categorizing gender-specific criminal trajectories. The study aimed to investigate this concept in an Australian juvenile context. Through the use of a widely validated youth violence risk assessment inventory, the prevalence of salient risk items was compared across gender. Young female offenders were found to present with higher levels of family dysfunction, peer rejection and self-injurious behavior reflecting international female offending pathways literature.

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Journal

SAGE Open

Volume

3

Pagination

1-12

ISSN

2158-2440

eISSN

2158-2440

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

2

Publisher

SAGE Publications

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