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 even if Agnew s normal pressure idea (GST) may possibly clarify the connection among adolescent victimization and delinquency. She examines the results of victimization on types of delinquency throughout racial and gender teams. the most premise of the GST, that elevated pressure in anyone can result in elevated antisocial habit, is supported the following. Adolescent victimization, as a resource of pressure, raises antisocial habit. besides the fact that, the influence of adolescent victimization delinquency did fluctuate throughout racial and gender teams.

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They noted that the extant literature contained a lack of specificity in the delinquency and child maltreatment variables across studies. Different studies used different definitions of 24 Adolescent Victimization and Delinquent Behavior delinquency and maltreatment. The use of convenience samples from places such as juvenile detention centers, they argued, caused problems with generalizability. Also, they noted that the lack of control groups was a serious methodological flaw. McCord (1983) was one of the first to examine the relationship between childhood victimization and offending using a longitudinal, prospective research design.

Even though, as stated in the previous chapter, there is ambiguity in the research literature as to what ages actually constitute adolescence, there is some precedent for assuming that the ages of the individuals in the panel used in the present study are adolescent years. Fagan (2003) and Menard (2002) both used the NYS and used victimization information from the NYS respondents when the respondents were between and including the ages of 11 and 17 in 1976. Both authors referred to victimization during these years as adolescent victimization.

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.

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