How 'Specific' Are Gender-Specific Rehabilitation Needs?: An Empirical Analysis

Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 35, Issue 11 (November 2008), pp. 1382-1397

17 Pages Posted: 5 May 2021

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Kirk Heilbrun

Drexel University

David DeMatteo

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Ralph Fretz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jamey Erickson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kento Yasuhara

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Natalie Anumba

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 1, 2008

Abstract

There has been relatively little empirical research on the distinctive characteristics and needs of female offenders that could help guide rehabilitative approaches that are gender specific. This study considered a sample of female offenders (N = 886) and male offenders (N = 1,435) who had been released from incarceration and provided with assessment services as part of the community reentry process. Comparisons were conducted using the employment, companions, and financial domains of the Level of Service Inventory (LSI-R and LS-CMI). Female offenders received significantly higher ratings in companion and financial deficits, consistent with some prior research suggesting that social and financial risk factors for offending may be more substantial in women. Implications for research and the practice of gender-specific rehabilitation approaches are discussed.

Keywords: gender-specific; rehabilitation; community corrections; criminogenic needs

Suggested Citation

Heilbrun, Kirk and DeMatteo, David and Fretz, Ralph and Erickson, Jamey and Yasuhara, Kento and Anumba, Natalie, How 'Specific' Are Gender-Specific Rehabilitation Needs?: An Empirical Analysis (November 1, 2008). Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 35, Issue 11 (November 2008), pp. 1382-1397, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3594805

Kirk Heilbrun

Drexel University ( email )

3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

David DeMatteo (Contact Author)

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Ralph Fretz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jamey Erickson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kento Yasuhara

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Natalie Anumba

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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