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Violent Victimization as a Risk Factor for Violent Offending Among Juveniles (NCJ 195737) December 2002
12 page(s)
Shaffer, J. N., Ruback, R. B.
Analyzes the relationships between violent victimization and violent offending among juveniles, using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The authors found that victims of violence were significantly more likely than nonvictims to become violent offenders. Violent victimization and violent offending shared many of the same risk factors, such as previous violent victimization and offending, drug and alcohol use, and depression. Juveniles who said they had support from friends, parents, teachers, and others were less likely to commit a violent offense. These findings suggest that interventions directed at preventing victimization could also reduce offending (and vice versa) and that interaction with peers and adults plays an important role in the lives of juveniles.