A Preliminary Study of Gender Differences on Views of Crime and Punishment Among Chinese College Students Article (Web of Science)


  • In the United States, men have frequently been found to have more punitive views than women toward crime and punishment. It was unclear, however, whether a similar gender gap would be found among citizens of other nations, especially non-Western nations, such as China. Using survey data from 524 college students from a single university in China, the independent t test reveals significant gender differences on only 3 of 16 measures. The gender gap remains small in multivariate analysis, even after controlling for other demographic characteristics. Gender socialization in a patriarchal society, collectivism, and the political system in China are possible explanations for the small size of the gender gap.


publication date

  • 2007

published in

number of pages

  • 16

start page

  • 108

end page

  • 124


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