Women Offenders' Criminal Narrative Experience

Ciesla, Kayley and Ioannou, Maria and Hammond, Laura (2019) Women Offenders' Criminal Narrative Experience. Journal of Criminal Psychology. ISSN 2009-3829

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Purpose: Although there is a vast array of theories on crime, one area that is largely under-represented is that of the actual experience of the offender engaged in criminal acts. The main aim of this study was to examine the individual and phenomenological experiences of crime amongst women offenders.

Design/methodology/approach: The sample consisted of 128 women who had committed a criminal offence, with an average age of 36.40 years (SD = 11.12). Participants were recruited to take part in the study by answering a questionnaire exploring the emotions and narrative roles they experienced during commission of a crime. From this participants Criminal Narrative Experience (CNE) was determined.

Findings: Smallest Space Analysis (SSA) analyses revealed emotional experiences and narrative roles were thematically associated and when both were subjected to SSA analysis two main themes of CNE were identified: Avenging Angel and Choiceless Victim. The Choiceless Victim experience was the most representative of women’s experiences in this study.

Practical implications: The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed. Future directions for research are also outlined.

Originality/value: The findings offer an alternative perspective and theoretical framework for examining women offenders’ criminal experiences.

Item Type: Article
3 January 2019Accepted
24 January 2019Published Online
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Law, Social and Criminal Justice
Depositing User: Laura Hammond
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2019 11:03
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 12:49
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6835

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