Social Functioning, Victimization, and Mental Health among Female Offenders

@article{Anumba2012SocialFV,
  title={Social Functioning, Victimization, and Mental Health among Female Offenders},
  author={Natalie M. Anumba and David DeMatteo and Kirk Heilbrun},
  journal={Criminal Justice and Behavior},
  year={2012},
  volume={39},
  pages={1204 - 1218}
}
Females who have experienced victimization or abuse during childhood tend to have poorer outcomes in adulthood with regard to criminal behavior, mental health, and social relationships. Although scholars have hypothesized that female offenders may benefit from programming that emphasizes empowerment and healthy relationships, empirical examination of this idea remains limited. Using a sample of 300 female offenders, this study empirically explored whether a history of victimization is a risk… 

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