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Birds of a Feather? Exploring Age and Gender Homogeneity in Co-Offending Groups

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One of the most widely cited ‘facts’ about co-offending is that it is typically carried out in homogeneous pairings/groupings (Carrington, 2002; Reiss, 1988; Warr, 2002). Often, this finding is taken as evidence that offenders exhibit a clear preference for accomplices who are similar to them with respect to age, gender, and criminal experience; however, statistical tests of this assumption are rare. In this paper, probability models are used to explore observed vs. expected patterns of age and gender homogeneity for 10,387 co-offences cleared by a large UK police force in 2002-2005. Findings indicate that whilst offenders do appear to exhibit a statistical preference for similar accomplices overall, this preference is most pronounced amongst females and youths. Implications of these findings for theory and policy are discussed.
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van Mastrigt, Sarah. and Farrington, David. "Birds of a Feather? Exploring Age and Gender Homogeneity in Co-Offending Groups" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 03, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372216_index.html>

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van Mastrigt, S. and Farrington, D. P. , 2009-11-03 "Birds of a Feather? Exploring Age and Gender Homogeneity in Co-Offending Groups" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372216_index.html

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Abstract: One of the most widely cited ‘facts’ about co-offending is that it is typically carried out in homogeneous pairings/groupings (Carrington, 2002; Reiss, 1988; Warr, 2002). Often, this finding is taken as evidence that offenders exhibit a clear preference for accomplices who are similar to them with respect to age, gender, and criminal experience; however, statistical tests of this assumption are rare. In this paper, probability models are used to explore observed vs. expected patterns of age and gender homogeneity for 10,387 co-offences cleared by a large UK police force in 2002-2005. Findings indicate that whilst offenders do appear to exhibit a statistical preference for similar accomplices overall, this preference is most pronounced amongst females and youths. Implications of these findings for theory and policy are discussed.


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