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Women and crime: premenstrual issues

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 31

Patricia Weiser Easteal
ISBN 0 642 16022 8 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, April 1991


The link between premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and deviant behaviour is examined in this paper. Easteal discusses historical, medical and feminist perspectives on the issue, and presents a summary of research findings. She reviews the application of PMS as a defence strategy both in Australia and overseas. In looking to the future, Easteal highlights the need to know more about specific diagnostic criteria, aetiology and effective treatment.