Perceptions of Female Offenders

How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses

Editors: Russell, Brenda (Ed.)

  • Explores perceptions of female offenders and their effects on criminal justice responses
  • Interdisciplinary research on perceptions of gender, from Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology
  • Counters popular perceptions of female offenders with evidence-based research
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​Female offenders are often perceived as victims who commit crimes as a self-defense mechanism or as criminal deviants whose actions strayed from typical ‘womanly’ behavior. Such cultural norms for violence exist in our gendered society and there has been scholarly debate about how male and female offenders are perceived and how this perception leads to differential treatment in the criminal justice system. This debate is primarily based upon theories associated with stereotypes and social norms and how these prescriptive norms can influence both public and criminal justice response. Scholars in psychology, sociology, and criminology have found that female offenders are perceived differently than male offenders and this ultimately leads to differential treatment in the criminal justice system. This interdisciplinary book provides an evidence based approach of how female offenders are perceived in society and how this translates to differential treatment within the criminal justice system and explores the ramifications of such differences.  Quite often perceptions of female offenders are at odds with research findings. This book will provide a comprehensive evidence-based review of the research that is valuable to laypersons, researchers, practitioners, advocates, treatment providers, lawyers, judges, and anyone interested in equality in the criminal justice system. ​

About the authors

Dr. Brenda Russell is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn State Berks. She received her Ph.D at St. Louis University. Her scholarly and teaching interests include psychology and law, perceptions of victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, homicide defendants, and the social psychological and cognitive aspects of jury decision making. She is particularly interested in how gender and sexual orientation play a role in evaluating defendants in cases of domestic violence, rape, sexual coercion, bullying, and sexual harassment. Her research on domestic violence can be seen in her book entitled Battered Woman Syndrome as a Legal Defense: History, Effectiveness, and Implications (see more info). Dr. Russell also serves as consultant and program evaluator for various federal and state educational, law enforcement, justice, and treatment programs.

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From the reviews:

“This book is a fine introduction to the literature and the controversies surrounding perception of female offenders. It is available both in print and as an e-book. … Researchers entering this area should also find the book to be a useful resource text, especially in combination with the PASK, and, for clinical professionals who deal with female offenders, it is an excellent continuing education experience that can bring them closer to the empirical foundations of their work.” (Thomas E. Schacht, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 58 (35), August, 2013)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Perceptions of Female Offenders: How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Response

    Russell, Brenda L.

    Pages 1-8

  • Gender Matters: Using an Ecological Lens to Understand Female Crime and Disruptive Behavior

    Javdani, Shabnam

    Pages 9-24

  • Examining Predictors of Bullying and Sexual Violence Perpetration Among Middle School Female Students

    Espelage, Dorothy L. (et al.)

    Pages 25-45

  • What’s the Story? The Impact of Race/Ethnicity on Crime Story Tone for Female Offenders

    Vandenberg, Abby L. (et al.)

    Pages 47-75

  • Female Sexual Aggression on College Campuses: Prevalence, Correlates, and Perceptions

    Oswald, Debra L. (et al.)

    Pages 77-91

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4899-9163-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perceptions of Female Offenders
Book Subtitle
How Stereotypes and Social Norms Affect Criminal Justice Responses
Editors
  • Brenda Russell
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5871-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5871-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5870-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9163-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 198
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