Vol. 45 No. 2 (1997)
Research Article

Nicknames of Female Felons

Published 1997-06-01



An investigation of nicknaming among 113 female prisoners showed that nearly two-thirds of the women had a nickname. The nicknames were almost always accorded by family or peer group members, referred to physical or behavioral characteristics or were variations of given names, and were rarely negative. These findings differ sharply from earlier reports of nicknames of male criminals and male inmates. Several explanations for the findings are offered.


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