Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
The current study explores the extent and the consequences of one's prior history of physical and sexual abuse on criminal behavior of female offenders. Using a sample of incarcerated women, it will first investigate the prevalence of prior abuse (sexual and physical) among female offenders. Survey responses will then be analyzed to assess psychological problems and possible criminal patterns that are related to abuse history. Specifically, the study examines whether prior abuses are risk factors for committing particular types of criminal offenses. The results of this study are then discussed in terms of their implication for criminological theory and public policy.
Abuse; Female; Histories; Inmates
Criminology; Women's studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Jordan, Magann, "Abuse histories among female inmates" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1773.