Sex Differences in Trajectories of Offending Among Puerto Rican Youth

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Jennings, Wesley G
Maldonado-Molina, Mildred M
Piquero, Alex R
Odgers, Candice L
Bird, Hector
Canino, Glorisa
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2010
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Although sex is one of the strongest correlates of crime, contentions remain regarding the necessity of sex-specific theories of crime. The current study examines delinquent trajectories across sex among Puerto Rican youth socialized in two different cultural contexts (Bronx, United States; and San Juan, Puerto Rico). Results indicate similar substantive offending trajectories across males and females within each cultural context, that males exhibit a higher frequency of offending and higher levels of risk factors for delinquency, and more similarities than differences in how risk/protective factors relate to patterns of offending across male versus female youth. Study limitations and implications for sex-specific criminological theories are also discussed.

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Crime and Delinquency

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56

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3

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Criminology

Causes and prevention of crime

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