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6 Feminist Criminology 3 (2011)

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                                                               Feminist Criminology
                                                                       6(1) 3-31
Male and        Female Juvenile                       R      d@TheAuthor(s) 2011
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Homicide          Offenders: Afl                     sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav
                                                        DOI: 10.1177/1557085110387788
Empirical Analysis of U.S.                                      http://fc.sagepub.com

Arrests by Offender Age                                             OGE




Kathleen M. Heide', Eldra P. Solomon,
Brian   G. Sellers',  and   Heng   Choon (Oliver) Chan'



Abstract
Most  studies on juvenile homicide offenders (JHOs) have used small samples and
concentrated on male teenage offenders. No large scale research has analyzed victim,
offender, and offense correlates among younger and older JHOs.  Supplementary
Homicide  Research (SHR)  data (1976-2007) are used to explore gender and age
differences among JHOs. Male and female JHOs were  divided into younger (below
age 13) and older (age 13-17 years) groups. Gender differences previously found
with respect to victim age, victim gender, victim offender relationship, weapon, and
circumstance remained when the effect of offender age was controlled. The implications
of these findings are discussed.


Keywords
juvenile homicide offenders, female juvenile homicide offenders, female juvenile vio-
lence, female delinquency, gender, murder



The involvement of girls in violent crime has been a matter of growing public concern
in the United States (Males & Chesney-Lind, 2010). Feature articles in U.S. newspa-
pers have focused on girl fights and lethal violence by girls (Heide & Solomon,
2009). Cases that have generated intense media coverage included, for example, Bullied
to death by the mean girls (Witheridge, 2010), 15-year-old Bronx girl is charged with

'University of South Florida, Tampa
2Center for Mental Health Education, Assessment and Therapy, Tampa, FL
Corresponding Author:
Kathleen M. Heide, PhD, Full Professor, Dept. of Criminology, University of South Florida,
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Social Sciences Room 107, Tampa, Florida 33620-8100
Email: kheide@usf.edu

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