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NCJ Number: 31233 Find in a Library
Title: CRIMINALITY AMONG FEMALE ALCOHOLICS
Journal: SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL MEDICINE  Volume:3  Dated:(1975)  Pages:45-49
Author(s): A MEDHUS
Corporate Author: Almqvist and Wiksell Periodical Co
Sweden
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Almqvist and Wiksell Periodical Co
Stockholm S-101 20, Sweden
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: Swedish
Country: Sweden
Annotation: STUDY OF 71 FEMALE ALCOHOLICS SUBJECTED TO COMPULSORY TREATMENT BY THE TEMPERANCE BOARD IN MALMO, SWEDEN.
Abstract: THIRTY-EIGHT SUBJECTS WERE RECORDED IN THE PENAL REGISTER. FOR A PERIOD FROM YEAR 20 BEFORE TO YEAR 9 AFTER THE FIRST COMPULSORY TREATMENT, 85 OFFENSES WERE COMMITTED. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, LESS THAN ONE RECORDED CRIMINAL OFFENSE WAS EXPECTED, ACCORDING TO AN AGE AND CALENDAR YEAR SPECIFIC RISK TABLE FOR SWEDISH WOMEN. IN RELATION TO THE EXPECTED INCIDENCE, THE OBSERVED WAS NOT PARTICULARLY HIGH AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD. FROM YEAR 12 UP TO YEAR 2 BEFORE THE INTERVENTION, IT INCREASED TO AN EXTREMELY HIGH LEVEL WHERE IT REMAINED. THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE CRIMES ACCORDING TO NATURE AGREED WITH THAT VALID FOR SWEDISH WOMEN IN GENERAL. THE AVERAGE AGE AT THE CRIME DEBUT WAS CONSPICUOUSLY HIGH, ABOUT 30 YEARS. DESPITE THIS, THE FIRST CRIMINAL OFFENSE, AS ALSO THE FIRST GONORRHOEAL INFECTION, WAS AN EARLY SOCIOMEDICAL SYMPTOM; NOT UNTIL LATER DID PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND CONVICTION FOR DRUNKENNESS USUALLY ARISE. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Alcoholics; Comparative analysis; Female offenders; Females; Offender statistics; Statistical analysis; Sweden; Treatment
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