Adolescent Victimization and Delinquent Behavior by Erika Harrell

By Erika Harrell

Harrell makes use of numerous waves of the nationwide adolescence Survey to degree no matter if Agnew s common pressure conception (GST) might clarify the connection among adolescent victimization and delinquency. She examines the consequences of victimization on types 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. even though, the influence of adolescent victimization delinquency did fluctuate throughout racial and gender teams.

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Furthermore, adolescence has been defined as a time of transition in which the developing child is permitted to try out adult roles in a more protected way. It is said to begin with puberty and to terminate when one assumes adult-like responsibilities on their own without supervision. Because individuals go through puberty and experience adult-like responsibilities at various 21 22 Adolescent Victimization and Delinquent Behavior ages, there is no clear particular year that defines when childhood stops and adolescence begins (Liebert et al.

This further reduced the panel size to 1,203 individuals. It is these 1,203 respondents that make up the panel used in the present study. Of these 1,203 individuals, 200 were African American, 1,003 were White. Also, the sample of 1,203 consisted of 633 males and 570 females. This study also used the first four waves of the National Youth Survey. With the first four waves, the age of the respondents covered by the present study was as follows: For those Whites and African Americans who were 11 years old in 1976, the ages covered in the current study are 11, 12, 13, and 14.

Some researchers have looked at the effect of victimization on specific types of nonviolent, non-drug offenses such as running away, prostitution and property offending. Probably the most well-known nonviolent, non-drug offense that has been studied by those looking at the effects of victimization is prostitution. There is a significant amount 34 Adolescent Victimization and Delinquent Behavior of research that ties victimization as a youth to prostitution later in life. For example, Browne and Finkelhor’s (1986) literature review examining the effects of childhood sexual abuse described several studies that concluded that being sexually abused as a child increased the likelihood of engaging in prostitution later in life.

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