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Mental health, abuse, drug use and crime [electronic resource] : does gender matter? / Lubica Forsythe and Kerryn Adams
Bib ID 5598648
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
Forsythe, Lubica
 
Online Access
Online Versions
Description Canberra : Australian Institute of Criminology, 2009 
6 p. 
Series

Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice (Online) ; no. 384. 1836-2206.

PANDORA electronic collection.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. Address as at 24/08/2011: http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/tandi/381-400/tandi384.aspx. 

Summary

Theories on the causal relationship between drug use and crime in Australian literature have often overlooked the influence of gender as a confounding variable. However, research indicates that pathways into drug use and crime differ for males and females. Using data from the Australian Institute of Criminology's Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program, this study explores the relationship between drug use, offending, mental health and experiences of child abuse among a sample of police detainees. Findings indicate that female detainees were more likely to use 'hard' drugs and to have been arrested for a property crime. The relationship between experiences of mental illness, drug use and arrest was also stronger for female detainees. The study also found a strong relationship, mediated by gender, between drug use, offending and prior experience of child abuse, with the relationship being stronger among female detainees. It is suggested that mental health care be considered as a measure to reduce recidivism, and that programs designed for male offenders may not be suitable for addressing women offenders' needs, which also tend to be more complex.

Notes

Title from caption of PDF document (viewed Aug. 24, 2011)

"November 2009".

Includes bibliographic references (p. 6)

Also available in print.

Selected for archiving

Subjects Child abuse -- Australia -- Statistics.  |  Drug abuse and crime -- Australia -- Statistics.  |  Men -- Drug use -- Australia -- Statistics.  |  Women -- Drug use -- Australia -- Statistics.  |  People with mental disabilities and crime -- Australia -- Statistics.  |  Men -- Mental health -- Australia -- Statistics.  |  Women -- Mental health -- Australia -- Statistics.  |  Drug use and abuse  |  Crime  |  Sex differences  |  Mental health  |  Child abuse
Other authors/contributors Adams, Kerryn  |  Australian Institute of Criminology
Terms of Use Australian Institute of Criminology 2009. 

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