Gender Differences in Child Abuse and Intergenerational Transmission of Crime and Substance Abuse among Israeli Inmates

Gila Chen, Keren Gueta

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the gender differences in various types of childhood abuse and family history of crime, substance abuse, and mental health problems. Our study was conducted among 110 Israeli female and male inmates (50 female and 60 male inmates). The findings indicated a higher rate of multiple types of childhood abuse among the female inmates compared with the male inmates. The findings also revealed that female inmates reported more prevalence of parents’ substance abuse, crime, and family’s mental health problems than the male inmates did. Moreover, the female inmates reported higher rates of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse associated with family history variables compared with the male inmates. Furthermore, the findings indicated that female inmates whose siblings were involved in substance abuse and crime reported higher rates of sexual and emotional abuse compared with the male inmates. We discussed the implications of these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-746
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016

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© 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Keywords

  • Childhood abuse
  • Crime
  • Family history
  • Inmates
  • Substance abuse

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