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Explaining Women's Lesser Involvement in Crime

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INTRODUCTION I chose this topic because in recent class work we have done I was supprised to discover the difference between the crimes committed by men and women. I think it would be interesting to find out what teenage boys and girls think of some of the facts I discovered. I think far more men commit crimes and more serious crimes than women. I think this is because men have a far tougher reputation and feel more pressured to prove this reputation. In my back ground reading I discovered that the male crime rate in England and Wales is over 4 times higher than the female crime rate. In 1995 395200 males and 8440 females were found guilty of or cautioned with serious offences. Female offenders are more likely to be involved in theft and handling stolen goods than in other more serious offences. In 1991, over 70% of female offenders were found guilty of or cautions with, theft and handling of stolen goods. Although females are less likely to offend than males. Statistics suggest that the number of female offenders in the U.K is increasing. But how do we explain women's lesser involvement in crime? It may be that women tend to be less involved in crime than men because girls and boys are socialised differently. ...read more.


Closed questions are boxes which are ticked by the interviewee. I intend to have data telling me in general what 12-16 year olds think to the effect of gender on crime. I chose not to do interviews as they get a wide range of results and in this case to wide a rang for the question I wish to answer! I wrote up a pilot questionnaire and passed 5 to 12-16 year olds to see how affective my questionnaire is. PILOT QUESTIONNAIRE IS SHOWN ON NEXT PAGE! A few things on my pilot questionnaire needed to be changed. Below are the corrections; ' Have you ever been charged or cautioned with a crime?' This question has had to be taken out of my questionnaire as it is to intrusive to the person involved and I cannot be sure of getting truthful answers! 'If yes, what crime were you charged or cautioned with?' This question was a follow up to the above question and as the above question has been taken out I will have to take this one out too. This question again may not have had truthful answers and is to intrusive to the person involved. 'In 1995, 395000 males and 84000 females were found guilty of or cautioned with indictable offences.' ...read more.


STATEMENT; "In 1995 384000 males and 84000 females were convicted of or were cautioned with serious crimes." When asked why they did not think this statement was totally true in general people said that the data in the statement was exaggerated to show a greater difference in the male and female crime rates! Most people did think in general that more women were getting involved in or getting involved in more serious crimes. When asked why in general I found that most people thought this was because women felt more equal with men so could commit those more serious crimes believing they can do them because men can! Or that women felt like they had something to prove! Girls and boys alike thought males were more aggressive and females more passive! This tells me that boys and girls alike do think that crime is gender related. When asked if males tough and macho image was why men got involved in crime, girls in general thought this was the main reason for males to be involved in crime, and boys were unsure if men's image had anything to do with there involvement in crime. Girls were 50/50 whether the media had anything to do with women's increasing involvement in crime. While boys generally thought the media and women playing increasingly violent parts in films would effect young girls! ...read more.

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