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Differentiating Between Moffitt's Developmental Taxonomy and Silverthorn and Frick's Delayed-Onset Models of Female Offending

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice and Behavior Volume: 44 Issue: 4 Dated: 2017
Sarah A. El Sayed; Alex R. Piquero; Michael TenEyck
Date Published
20 pages
This study tested two prominent theoretical models that make distinct predictions about the composition of female offenders and the nature of their offending.
The two models are Moffitt's developmental taxonomy and Silverthorn and Frick's delayed-onset pathway. These two explanations were tested by using longitudinal data from the Pathways to Desistance Study, a large sample of serious juvenile offenders followed for 7 years into early adulthood. Results from a series of negative binominal regressions reveal stronger support for Moffitt rather than Silverthorn and Frick in that findings showed two groups of female offenders. Directions for future research are highlighted. (Publisher abstract modified)