Exploring the relationship between offending and victimization: What is the role of risky lifestyles and low self-control? A test in two urban samples

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Exploring the relationship between offending and victimization: What is the role of risky lifestyles and low self-control? A test in two urban samples
Author(s) Pauwels, Lieven ; Svensson, Robert
Date 2011
English abstract
The present study explores the strength of the relationship between offending and victimization among young adolescents. We focus especially on the role background characteristics such as gender, immigrant background and family structure and causal mechanisms such as risky lifestyles and low self-control as many scholars have argued that the correlation between offending and victimization may be caused by common characteristics of offenders and victims. The article build upon two large-scale self-reported delinquency studies in Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) and Halmstad (Sweden). The correlation between offending and victimization is strong, even when controlling for demographics, lifestyles and low self-control. However, the lifestyle and low self-control model predicts offending better than victimization and the independent effect of offending on victimization is larger than the independent effect of victimization of offending. The same pattern is found in both samples, suggesting the stability of findings. The implications of these findings are discussed.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10610-011-9150-2 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research;3
Volume 17
ISSN 0928-1371
Pages 163-177
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) lifestyle risk
low self-control
offending
victimization
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12334 (link to this page)

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