Gender and Youth Deviance

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Female peak age of offending = 15. Male = 17. Different crimes for each gender.

Explanation 1: Socialisation. Roles they are socialised into may lead them into more or less crime. HEIDENSOHN: Women socialised into taking responsibilities for domestic tasks and staying at home more whereas men are aggressive & dominant.

Explanation 2: Parental control. BOX: Parents protect females more and have less opportunity for crime.

Explanation 3: Chivalry thesis. Courts and judges favour females. Treated more leniently. POLLACK: Women…


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