Gender comparison of young people charged with murder in England and Wales

GERARD, F.Jeane, BROWNE, Kevin D. and WHITFIELD, Kate (2015). Gender comparison of young people charged with murder in England and Wales. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

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Abstract

This study investigated gender differences regarding young people charged with murder in England and Wales. A sample of 318 cases were collected from the Home Office’s Homicide Index and analysed. Of these cases, 93% of the offenders were male and 7% female. The analyses explored gender differences in terms of the offender’s race, offender’s age, victim’s age, victim’s gender, weapon used, offender-victim relationship, and circumstances of the offence. The study found that a female offender was significantly more likely to murder a family member than a male offender, and a male offender was significantly more likely to murder a stranger than a female offender. In addition, a female offender was significantly more likely to murder a victim below the age of 5 than a male offender. Implications for interventions with young people who are charged with murder are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: juvenile homicide, juvenile offenders, gender differences
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1177/0306624X15596387
Depositing User: Kate Whitfield
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2016 12:26
Last Modified: 30 May 2017 03:28
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12860

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