10 Crim. Just. & Behavior 3 (1983)

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A CONSIDERATION OF

SEX ROLES AND

MOTIVATIONS FOR CRIME





JOAN McCORD
Drexel University
LAURA OTTEN
LaSalle College



Circumstantial evidence seems to indict the women's movement for contributing to an
increase in crime. This article reports a study designed to assess that putative relationship.
Responses to questionnaires measured aggressiveness, criminal behavior, and attitudes
toward sex roles. Males showed greater aggression and more criminality, while females
concurred with more of the profeminist judgments. Aggressiveness was significantly
correlated with criminality among both males and females. Most importantly, the data
lend no support to a view that profeminist attitudes contribute to criminality. For each
sex, attitudes toward women's rights and criminality were unrelated.




  S ex roles have long been linked with explanations for crime.
     More than a century ago, on noticing that males were four
times as likely as females to be arrested, Quetelet (1842/1969)
provided the explanation that females receive more careful
supervision than males, thus giving them fewer opportunities for
crime. Lombroso-Ferrero (1911/1972) attributed some female
crimes to absence of maternal sentiment and others to feminine
passions. Pollak (1950) continued this train of thought in offering
the explanation that women engaged in criminal activity as an act


Authors' Note: We would like to thank Adam Eisen for his cogent suggestions
and assistance in carrying out this research.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, Vol. 10 No. 1, March 1983 3-12
@ 1983 American Association of Correctional Psychologists

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