Court outcomes among female juveniles with sexual offences

Jeremy Siegel, Rebecca L. Fix

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Female juveniles with sexual offences (FJSOs) are an understudied population. The current study compares FJSOs with their male counterparts and evaluates whether male and female juveniles with sexual offences from different family types have similar charges and court outcomes. Data were obtained from a statewide court dataset in Alabama from 2004 to 2014 (n = 205 females, 2816 males). Participants were categorised by offence category, family type, and court outcome. Chi-square tests and hierarchical logistic regressions were conducted to test for differences in offence patterns and court outcomes by gender and family type, respectively. Females committed less severe offences and received less severe punishments for a given offence compared with males. Family type and two-way interactions between family type, gender, and offence severity played limited roles in offence patterns and in court sentencing. Disposition patterns in females point towards the feasibility of providing more services for all juveniles with sexual offences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-273
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Sexual Aggression
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 3 2020


  • Juvenile sex offenders
  • court outcomes
  • family types
  • female juvenile offenders
  • juvenile court
  • juveniles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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