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Adolescent Victimization

Marie Skubak Tillyer and Marissa E. Hinton

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online January 2018 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396607-0235
Adolescent Victimization

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Because not all crimes are reported to law enforcement, researchers have generally used survey data collected from adolescents to better understand the nature, patterns, causes, and consequences of adolescent victimization. Such data allow researchers to examine the prevalence of different forms of victimization and whether adolescent victimization is increasing or decreasing over time. Some surveys ask about details of the crime to try to develop a better understanding of the situational characteristics of crime incidents. For example, such details may include the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator, the time and location of the incident, the presence of weapons, forms of victim resistance, and whether the incident was reported to law enforcement. Surveys that ask adolescents about the frequency of their victimization also reveal how these events are distributed across the population and the extent to which adolescents experience repeat victimization. Because many surveys also ask respondents about their personal characteristics, prior experiences, peers, behaviors, communities, schools, and families, researchers are able to explore the risk and protective factors associated with various forms of adolescent victimization. Developing a better understanding of the causes and correlates of adolescent victimization can help inform prevention efforts. In addition, researchers have begun to study numerous potential consequences of adolescent victimization, some of which may extend beyond adolescence into adulthood.

Article.  4715 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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