Sex differences in trajectories of offending among Puerto Rican youth

Wesley G. Jennings, Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina, Alex R. Piquero, Candice L. Odgers, Hector Bird, Glorisa Canino

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Although sex is one of the strongest correlates of crime, contentions remain regarding the necessity of sex-specific theories of crime. The current study examines delinquent trajectories across sex among Puerto Rican youth socialized in two different cultural contexts (Bronx, United States; and San Juan, Puerto Rico). Results indicate similar substantive offending trajectories across males and females within each cultural context, that males exhibit a higher frequency of offending and higher levels of risk factors for delinquency, and more similarities than differences in how risk/protective factors relate to patterns of offending across male versus female youth. Study limitations and implications for sex-specific criminological theories are also discussed

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-357
Number of pages31
JournalCrime & Delinquency
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Crime
  • Hispanics
  • Sex
  • Trajectories

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