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Sex differences in altruism shown in offenders : are female offenders more altruistic than male offenders?


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Bertoni, ES 2011 , 'Sex differences in altruism shown in offenders : are female offenders more altruistic than male offenders?', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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One of the key aims of this thesis is to discover if female offenders are more
altruistic in their offending than male offenders. The purpose of this thesis is also to
provide a theoretical background on the notions altruism and egoism-defining the
similarities and differences between them. Another purpose is to measure and compare
levels of altruism among male and female offenders. The final purpose of the research
is to either prove or disprove the notion that female offenders are more altruistic than
male offenders.
It was found that the female group committed fewer egoistic offences and more
neutral offences than the male group. The male group was also more egoistic in their
offending when the specific criteria were calculated. Having children also had a
stronger impact on female offending than the male offending, making it less egoistic in
In regards to the levels of altruism and egoism, the male group scored
significantly higher than the female group in both objective and subjective egoism. In
contrast, the female group scored higher in altruism and neutrality. However, the
impact of having children on the levels of altruism and egoism were mixed-with an
increase of egoism and a decrease in neutrality in the female group. It was also found
that more of the female group were motivated by altruism than the male group. It was
also possible for female offenders to be motivated by altruism and necessity
simultaneously. However, this does not mean that women are always offended for
altruistic reasons, just as males do not always offend for egoistic reasons.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Bertoni, ES
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MCrimCorr)--University of Tasmania, 2011. Includes bibliographical references

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