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How Families and Communities Influence Youth Victimization (NCJ 201629) November 2003
12 page(s)
Lauritsen, J. L.
Examines how individual, family, and community factors influence the risk for nonlethal violence among U.S. youth ages 1217. Drawing on data from a special release of the National Crime Victimization Survey, this Juvenile Justice Bulletin studies risk factors among youth of different racial and ethnic groups and analyzes which risk factors are the most significant for understanding violent victimization. By examining the connection between such factors and the risk for violent victimization, the Bulletin shows that disadvantaged communities with high proportions of young people and single-parent families experience the greatest difficulty in protecting youth from victimization.