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Precursors for Criminal Activity in Women Jonathan Fink Midlands Technical College Precursors for Criminal Activity in Women The article that I am discussing in this paper is "Precursors and correlates of criminal behavior in women". It was the research was done by Julie Messer, Barbara Maughan, David Quinton, and Alan Taylor. There were several colleges, and research facilities that they used but they did not specify whether they provided funding or facilities. They used the Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, MRC Social, Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare, School for Policy Studies, and the University of Bristol. This studies goal was to find the precursors that would increase specific criminal activities in women. One would think that there are already many studies that have been done to determine what precursors affect criminal activity. And there is a plethora of research on criminal determinates. The only problem is that the majority of them focus on men. ...read more.


The most obvious way to analyze their criminal activity is to look at their criminal record. 43 from the 183 women had been convicted of a crime at least once through age 35 (Messer 2004: p 91). This is almost 25% of the sample groups. The majority of the convictions were for either theft or fraud (Messer 2004: p 91). There were also convictions of assault, sex offences, and substance abuse. They then looked at the women who had committed these crimes and made percentages of how many of them came from broken homes. The results were as they would have predicted. Out of all the offenders 83% of them had broken families and had to be brought up in institutional care(Messer 2004: p 92). They also looked at the percentage of offenders who had criminal parents. 50% of them had criminal fathers and 30% had criminal mothers (Messer 2004: p 92). There were several additional factors that they considered when analyzing the criminals. ...read more.


In the teens to mid-twenties 23% of the offenders were recorded for substance abuse; the percentage remained the same to their thirties (Messer 2004: p 96). In the teens to mid-twenties 43% of the offenders had a psychiatric episode (Messer 2004: p 96). The amount of offenders that had a psychiatric episode did increase in the second measuring to 51% (Messer 2004: p 96). This shows that the majority of the offenses could have been done either while they were under the influence of drugs, or while having a psychiatric episode. Although many of these precursors are the same as they would be for men that have been convicted for some crime, there are several differences. One difference is that there is never any record of rage of anger in the adolescence. This is one factor that is often looked at in younger boys to determine if they are likely to become criminals. Using these precursors school officials can predict with much better accuracy whether a girl may be likely to become a criminal. They can then try to prevent these girls from becoming criminals. ...read more.

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