Type of Document Thesis Author Humphreys, Jackie Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04252007-084112 Title Maternal Contributions To Pre-Dispositional Criminality Degree Master of Science Department Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Thomas B. Kelley Committee Chair Graham Kinloch Committee Member H. Dale Nute Committee Member Keywords
- Maternal Contributions
Date of Defense 2006-03-24 Availability unrestricted AbstractABSTRACT
In an effort to determine the dominance of the maternal role in offspring pre-dispositional criminality, two families were selected. An intergenerational study was conducted with two families that appeared to share certain characteristics: age, educational achievement, age of first pregnancy. One family provided four generations of data, and the other three generations of information. During the field study phase, each subject was asked to respond to inquiries on a variety of questionnaires, self-report surveys, and a personal interview. The results indicated that (a) females in these two families did participate in numerous criminal acts; (b) their husbands/significant others participated in criminal activity; (c) the females were committing the same types and rates of crime as the males in these families; (d) the femalesí offspring participated in criminal acts; however, (d) female dominance in producing pre-dispositional children could not be definitively determined.
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