Short- and mid-term effects of violent victimization on delinquency: A multilevel growth-curve modeling approach
Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
The present study investigates how adolescents? experiences of violent victimization exert short- and mid-term effects on their involvement in delinquency. The study compares and contrasts delinquency trajectories of youths whose experiences of violent victimization differ. A multilevel growth-curve modeling approach is applied to analyze data from five waves of the National Youth Survey. The results show that, although delinquency involvement increases as youths experience violent victimization, delinquency trajectories differ with the type of violent victimization, specifically, parental versus non-parental victimization. Violent victimization by parents produced a sharp initial decline in delinquency (short-term effect) followed by a rapid acceleration (mid-term effect). In turn, non-parental violence showed a stable trend over time. The findings have important implications for prevention and treatment services.
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Kim, Young S., & Lo, Celia C. (2015). Short- and mid-term effects of violent victimization on delinquency: A multilevel growth-curve modeling approach. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(16), 2643–2665. doi:10.1177/0886260515580368