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NCJ Number: 136290 Find in a Library
Title: New Female Criminal Revisited: Police Officer Attitudes About Female Criminality
Journal: American Journal of Police  Volume:10  Issue:4  Dated:(1991)  Pages:105-128
Author(s): J J Sloan
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 24
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The attitudes of a sample of 410 municipal police officers from Alabama were analyzed to describe officer attitudes about female crime and to uncover potential sources of influence for these attitudes.
Abstract: Only two of the five job-related characteristics that were hypothesized to be related to the officers' attitudes about female crime achieved significance: years of experience as a police officer and whether the officer worked a second job. Feminist attitudes were related significantly to attitudes about female crime. Officers who were pro-feminist in their attitudes about women in non-traditional occupations or about women's roles more generally tended to agree with Adler's depictions of a "new" female criminality. On the basis of these results, it may be that officers who are relatively pro-feminist in orientation are less likely to treat female suspects differently than they would treat male suspects. 6 notes, 2 tables, 49 references, and 2 appendixes
Main Term(s): Female offenders; Police attitudes
Index Term(s): Alabama; Attitude change; Feminism; Sex discrimination
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