A Longitudinal Assessment of the Victim–Offender Overlap

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Title A Longitudinal Assessment of the Victim–Offender Overlap
Author Jennings, Wesley G.; Higgins, George E.; Tewksbury, Richard; Gover, Angela R.; Piquero, Alex
Journal Name Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract Although research has established an offending/victimization overlap and that offenders and victims share similar characteristics, much less work has examined the longitudinal sequencing of victimization and offending in the same developmental period and whether key risk/protective factors significantly distinguish both offenders and victims.This study uses longitudinal data from a large sample of adolescents to examine these issues and does so using a novel methodological approach, the trajectory methodology, which allows for the examination of covariation between offending and victimization. Results indicate that there is a considerable degree of overlap between victims of physical violence and offenders over time and that certain covariates including school commitment, parental monitoring, low self-control, and sex significantly discriminate victim and offender groups. Furthermore, low self-control appears to be the most salient risk factor for distinguishing both victimization and delinquency trajectories.Theoretical and policy implications and directions for future research are identified.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886260509354888
Volume 25
Issue Number 12
Page from 2147
Page to 2174
ISSN 0886-2605
Date Accessioned 2011-02-02
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36396
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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