Gunnison Publishes on Gender Differences in Criminal Offending

Written by Laura Paskin
December 8, 2014

Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison published "Desistance from Criminal Offending: Exploring Gender Similarities and Differences" in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society.

Gunnison used data from the National Youth Survey to examine the examined the similarities and/or differences between female and male discrete offender groups (desisters, persisters, late onseters, and conformers) and theoretical predictors of desistance and persistence from less serious crimes.

"I explored the predictors of desistance from general delinquency by gender and examined other factors predictive of desistance including drug use and marriage," Gunnison said. "The research findings offer clear policy implications for gender specific programming for females and males."

Gunnison, director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, focuses her research on criminology, female offending, persistence and desistance in offending, corrections, and offender reentry.  She recently published Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment with Criminal Justice Chair Jacqueline Helfgott.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in Criminal Justice and two advanced degrees: M.A. in Criminal Justice and Certificate in Crime Analysis.