Adolescent Victimization and Delinquent Behavior by Erika Harrell

By Erika Harrell

Harrell makes use of a number of waves of the nationwide early life Survey to degree no matter if Agnew s normal pressure idea (GST) might clarify the connection among adolescent victimization and delinquency. She examines the results of victimization on sorts of delinquency throughout racial and gender teams. the most premise of the GST, that elevated pressure in a person may end up in elevated antisocial habit, is supported right here. Adolescent victimization, as a resource of pressure, raises antisocial habit. in spite of the fact that, the impression of adolescent victimization delinquency did range throughout racial and gender teams.

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1989; Harrison et al. 1997; Harrison and Hoffman 1989; Review of Research on Victimization and Delinquency 23 Heck and Walsh 2000; Kilpatrick et al. 2000; Lewis et al. 1979; Perez 2000, 2001; Van Hasselt et al. 1992; Zingraff et al. 1994). Due to the lack of consensus in the research literature and the vague definitions of childhood and adolescence, it is up to the researcher to operationalize childhood and adolescent victimization. As such, conclusions about the effects of childhood and/or adolescent victimization on offending must be made aware of this issue.

5 Researchers for the NYS began by selecting a probability sample of 8,000 households in the United States. All youths living in the selected households who were 11 through 17 years of age on December 31, 1976 and were physically and mentally capable of being interviewed were eligible respondents for the study. From these households, a sample of 2,360 adolescents, aged 11 to 17, was selected to be part of the National Youth Survey. In 1976, each of these 2,360 individuals was asked to be interviewed.

However, Harrell (2001), using cross-sectional data of youth aged 11 to 17, found that the effect of victimization increased the likelihood of drug use in Whites but not in African Americans. In looking at gender differences in the victimization/drug use relationship, a few researchers have compared models for males and females. However, like research on the effect of victimization on violent offending, the exact nature of the gender difference has not been clearly established in the literature.

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