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NCJ Number: 65225 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: PATTERNS OF FEMALE DELINQUENCY - TOWARD DIFFERENTIAL TREATMENT OF FEMALE OFFENDERS
Journal: SOUTH AFRICAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:(NOVEMBER 1978)  Pages:278-287
Author(s): C R PIERCE; R F ASARNOW; R R ROSS
Corporate Author: National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
South Africa
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
Cape Town, South Africa
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: RESULTS AND IMPLICATIONS ARE REPORTED FROM A STUDY OF DISTINCTIONS AMONG FEMALE JUVENILE OFFENDERS IN ONTARIO, CANADA.
Abstract: A RETROSPECTIVE EXAMINATION WAS MADE OF CASE RECORD DATA OF 500 FEMALE JUVENILE OFFENDERS IN A TRAINING SCHOOL IN ONTARIO. FACTOR ANALYTIC TECHNIQUES WERE USED TO DETERMINE PARENTAL CHARACTERISTICS AND REARING CONDITIONS, SUBJECT VARIABLES RELATING TO THE OFFENDER'S BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY, AND INSTITUTIONAL AND POSTINSTITUTIONAL ADJUSTMENT. DIFFERENT PARENTAL CHARACTERISTICS AND REARING HISTORIES WERE FOUND TO BE RELATED TO VARYING PERSONALITY AND BEHAVIORAL ATTRIBUTES. THESE FACTORS WERE IN TURN SHOWN TO BE RELATED TO DIFFERENCES IN INSTITUTIONAL AND POSTINSTITUTIONAL ADJUSTMENT. FACTOR ANALYSIS INDICATED THE SUBJECTS COULD BE DIVIDED INTO EIGHT DISTINCT PERSONALITY GROUPINGS. CAUTION IS ADVISED IN INTERPRETING AND USING THE FINDINGS BECAUSE OF THE SMALL SAMPLE AND THE STUDY'S INABILITY TO OBTAIN INTERRATER RELIABILITY ESTIMATES FOR THE SUBJECTIVE RATINGS. STILL, THE RESULTS PROVIDE STRONG INDICATION THAT THE TRADITIONAL UNIDIMENSIONAL VIEW OF FEMALE DELINQUENTS IS INADEQUATE. JUST AS MALE OFFENDERS HAVE BENEFITS FROM SOPHISTICATED CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS DESIGNED TO APPROACH INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT, SO SHOULD FEMALE OFFENDERS BE VIEWED AS HAVING A COMPLEX VARIETY OF NEEDS REQUIRING A CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM THAT WOULD MATCH CORRECTIONAL ENVIRONMENT AND PROGRAMS TO PRECISE OFFENDER NEEDS AND PERSONALITIES. A BIBLIOGRAPHY IS PROVIDED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Canada; Female juvenile delinquents; Offender classification; Personality assessment; Research
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