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Violent female offending : an exploration of repeat and one-time offending

Mahoney, Adam Louis; Karatzias, Thanos



There has been an increased focus on understanding the factors that may be predictive of violent recidivism among female offenders. Previous research has indicated that repeat and one-time violent female offenders have very different profiles. All female prisoners incarcerated for a violent offense in Scotland over a two-month period (n = 87) were compared on a range of demographic, offending, behavioral and mental health variables. Multivariate regression analysis revealed a lack of ‘spousal’ relationships and early onset of violent offending were significant predictor variables that distinguished the recidivist subgroup (explaining 68.2% of variance). Difficulties with intimate relationships are, however, noted for both subgroups.


Mahoney, A. L., & Karatzias, T. (2012). Violent female offending : an exploration of repeat and one-time offending. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 11, 191-202.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Jun 5, 2015
Print ISSN 1499-9013
Electronic ISSN 1932-9903
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Pages 191-202
Keywords Female; offending; violence; recidivism; repeat offenders; one-time offenders;
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