The relationship between child sexual abuse and female delinquency and crime: A prospective study

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Abstract

Child sexual abuse has been hypothesized to be an especially significant factor in the etiology of girls' delinquency and women's crime. This article reports on a prospective study of 206 women who, in the period from 1973 to 1975, were treated in a hospital emergency room in a major city following a report of sexual abuse. Their subsequent juvenile and adult criminal records were compared to a matched comparison group. Child sexual abuse was a statistically significant predictor of certain types of offenses, but other indicators of familial neglect and abuse were significant factors as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-94
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

Keywords

  • Female crime
  • Female delinquency
  • Sexual abuse

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