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That parental offending acts as a strong risk factor for offending in children is well-established within criminology. Yet research on maternal offending is relatively limited, even though many women take on a significantly higher share of childcare responsibilities, and as such, might reasonably be expected to exert an especially strong influence on their children. In part, this lacuna might be attributed to a male-centric lens within criminology, which has tended to overlook female offending.Aimed in part at redressing this imbalance, this paper investigates maternal transmission of offending among a cohort of twelve-year olds,using self-report data from the longitudinal Growing Up in Scotland study. The analysis shows that intragenerational maternal offending acts as a significant predictor of offending amongst daughters, but intergenerational offending does not. However, we find no significant relationship between mothers’ offending and sons’, who appear more vulnerable to a range of wider risk factors.
- intergenerational transmission
- maternal offending
- child offending
- Growing Up in Scotland
- childhood inequality
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From childhood system contact to adult criminal conviction: Investigating intersectional inequalities using Queensland administrative dataMatthews, B., McVie, S., Thompson, C. & Stewart, A., 4 Jun 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. 41 p.
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ACEs, places and inequality: Understanding the effects of adverse childhood experiences and poverty on offending in childhoodJahanshahi, B., Murray, K. & McVie, S., May 2022, In: British Journal of Criminology. 62, 3, p. 751-772 22 p., azab079.
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