Sex Differences in Trajectories of Offending Among Puerto Rican Youth.


Journal Article

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 there 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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jennings, WG; Maldonado-Molina, MM; Piquero, AR; Odgers, CL; Bird, H; Canino, G

Published Date

  • July 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 56 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 327 - 357

PubMed ID

  • 21701603

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21701603

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-387X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0011-1287

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0011128710372478


  • eng