Gender issues

Although females represent a minority of the forensic psychiatric and prison populations, worldwide the number of girls and women committing violent crimes has increased steadily over the past two decades. Most of the research in the forensic field, however, is still devoted to male populations and there are growing concerns about whether the theoretical knowledge we have on violence in males and on violence risk assessment and management in boys and men is sufficiently valid and useful for girls or women. There is a similar paucity of knowledge on effects of treatment in females and a need for more treatment programmes that are responsive to the needs and issues of female offenders.

For this special issue of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, we are looking for high quality research or theoretical papers into gender issues. This special issue aims to enlarge empirical and theoretical knowledge on (violent) offending, assessment, and treatment in women and girls. Examples of topics include (but are not limited to):

  • -  Nature of violence in girls or women

  • -  Gender specific pathways into offending

  • -  Gender similarities and differences in offending and violence

  • -  Theoretical explanations of gender differences in offending

  • -  Gender differences in criminal responsibility

  • -  Gender differences in psychopathology in forensic mental health settings

  • -  Gender-responsive treatment models

  • -  Effects of gender-responsive treatment programs

  • -  Specific violence risk or protective factors in girls or women

  • -  Predictive validity of risk assessment tools for girls or women

  • -  Psychopathy in girls or women

  • -  Gender specific theory and empirical findings regarding relevant subpopulations

    (sexual offending, stalking, intimate partner violence, child abuse, arson)

  • -  Female case studies

    The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health is the official publication of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services. The journal is intended to provide an international forum for disseminating research and practical developments to forensic mental health professionals. Forensic populations include both adults and youth involved in the criminal justice system, particularly mentally disordered offenders and sex offenders. The target audience for the journal is psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, administrators, and other professionals whose research or practice focuses on forensic mental health. The journal has recently been approved for an impact factor.

    Manuscripts can be submitted before March 1, 2015 on-line (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ufmh) and should conform to either the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or the Uniform System of Citation. This special issue will be edited by Vivienne de Vogel, Head of Research Department Van der Hoeven Kliniek, the Netherlands and Tonia Nicholls, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia; both are associate editors of the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2015