Gender differences in criminal intent: examining the mediating influence of anticipated shaming

Cesar J. Rebellon, Desiree Wiesen-Martin, Nicole Leeper Piquero, Alex R. Piquero, Stephen G. Tibbetts

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Research finds males to have a higher likelihood of offending than females. Dominant explanations of the gender/crime relationship tend to invoke strain, learning, and control theories, but we propose that part of the relationship is attributable to differences in anticipated shaming. We test this argument using data collected from a sample of 439 young adults. Results of both Tobit regressions and path analyses support our hypothesis, suggesting that anticipated shaming may actually mediate more of the gender/crime relationship than do variables derived from alternative perspectives. Implications for understanding and controlling crime are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-41
Number of pages25
JournalDeviant Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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