Click here to download and read Gender factors in risk factors for offending by David Farrington and Kate Painter (2004).

Answer the following questions:

  1. How did the researchers choose their sample?
  2. What differences between brothers and sisters did they find in types and numbers of crime convictions?
  3. What were the most important family risk factors?
  4. How did the risk factors differ between brothers and sisters?
  5. What suggestions did the researchers make for using this information to prevent crime?
  6. How can you relate these findings to sociological theories of gender differences in crimes committed?