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Title: Age of Crime Onset and Psychopathic Traits in Female Juvenile Delinquents
Authors: Pechorro, Pedro 
Gonçalves, Rui Abrunhosa 
Marôco, João 
Nunes, Cristina 
Jesus, Saul Neves 
Keywords: Adolescent; Antisocial Personality Disorder; Crime; Female; Humans; Juvenile Delinquency; Personality Inventory; Portugal; Prisoners; Psychometrics; Statistics as Topic; Age of Onset
Issue Date: 2013
Serial title, monograph or event: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume: 58
Issue: 9
Abstract: The aim of this study was to analyze the role of psychopathic traits in the age of crime onset of female juvenile delinquents. Using a sample of 132 young females from the Juvenile Detention Centers of the Portuguese Ministry of Justice and from schools in the Lisbon region, a group of early crime onset (n = 44), a group of late crime onset (n = 44), and a nondelinquent school group (n = 44) were formed. Results showed that early crime onset participants score higher on psychopathy measures, self-reported delinquency, and crime seriousness than late crime onset participants and school participants. Psychopathic-traits scores were significantly associated with age of crime onset, age at first trouble with the law, and frequency and seriousness of crime.
DOI: 10.1177/0306624X13489864
Rights: openAccess
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