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Children's Exposure to Violence and the Intersection Between Delinquency and Victimization (NCJ 240555) October 2013
OJJDP National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence Series
12 page(s)
Carlos A. Cuevas, David Finkelhor, Anne Shattuck, Heather Turner, and Sherry Hamby
Presents survey results from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) regarding the co-occurrence of victimization and delinquency among children who are exposed to violence. The survey confirms findings of earlier studies that identified three groups of youth: delinquent-victims, primarily delinquent youth, and primarily victim youth. The survey found that the youth identified as delinquent-victims had higher levels of both delinquency and victimization than youth who fell into the other two categories. In addition, youth who had higher levels of delinquency and victimization suffered more adversities, including more mental health symptoms, more inconsistent/harsh parenting and less parental supervision, and less social support. The bulletin further categorizes delinquent youth according to whether they engaged in violence or carried weapons; committed property crimes such as arson, burglary or car theft; or committed minor delinquency such as drug use or truancy. This is the fifth in a series of bulletins that present findings from NatSCEV, the most comprehensive nationwide survey to date of the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence across all ages, settings, and timeframes.