By Ezzat A. Fattah
Crime and Victimization of the Elderly offers a "state-of-the-art" assessment of the social clinical literature when it comes to the crime difficulties of older folks. development upon a extensive interdisciplinary base, the amount addresses quite a lot of concerns that would end up to be of curiosity and price to criminology and gerontology scholars and to practising execs. The booklet is split into significant sections. the 1st focuses upon aged offenders and the second one is dedicated to a dialogue of aged sufferers. all the significant issues mostly lined within the criminology and victimology classes are given designated attention. those comprise: the character and kinds of crimes dedicated by means of the aged, theories of aged crime, felony justice reactions to the older criminal, styles of aged victimization, motives of aged victimization styles, worry of crime between older people and the abuse of the aged in household settings. The chapters supply a serious overview of the formative in addition to the newest empirical study performed within the usa, Canada and in other places. each one bankruptcy contains lists of urged readings and every significant part contains an in depth checklist of bibliographic references. This publication is a useful source to criminologists, gerontologists and social carrier pros because it increases questions and defines matters important to an realizing of the aged and their organization with a number of elements of crime.
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According to Newman and Newman (1982) child molestation cases appear to be equally divided between male and female victims. Others, such as Pollak (1941) report that the majority of victims are mainly little girls and less frequently young boys. This is confirmed by Hucker and Ben-Aron (1985). Since both young and elderly sex offenders are predominantly male, it is only natural that the majority of victims are and will continue to be females. There seems to be general agreement that various forms of child molestation are the major sex offences committed by the elderly.
The elderly expect and are expected to leave mainstream society, and not return. • In time, the status, financial and power positions of juveniles become stronger, whereas in time they become weaker for the elderly. • Juveniles look up to those currently in power for acceptance and their reference groups rest within the ongoing social order. The elderly are outside mainstream society, like the youth, but above it. • Juveniles tend to have close and intimate role models to follow; the elderly tend to lack such idealized role models.
Several articles on the criminality of old age appeared in criminological and psychiatric journals during the 1950s. This was followed by the publication of 31 at least two books on elderly criminality: one in 1960 by Clemens Amelunxen and another in 1961 by H. Burger-Prinz and H. Lewrenz. NOTES 1. According to Hirschi and Gottfredson (1983), the consistent difference in the age distribution of person and property offences that appears in official crime data is not supported by self- report data.