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Investigating of the Relationship Between Self-Control and Alcohol-Induced Sexual Assault Victimization

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice and Behavior Volume: 38 Issue: 3 Dated: March 2011 Pages: 263-285
Cortney A. Franklin
Date Published
March 2011
23 pages
Using a sample of 221 university women, the current analysis models the relationship between sexual victimization, opportunity structures, routine activity/lifestyle theory measures, and self-control.
Recently, scholars have begun to examine victim self-control as a correlate of vulnerability to general victimization. The scope of victimization contained among the studies testing this relationship is limited. More specifically, researchers have only focused on general victimization or personal/property victimization, with limited attention to violence against women, and have neglected to consider sexual assault victimization. Claims that self-control is applicable as a universal correlate of victimization necessitate additional research on the role of self-control in understanding sexual assault. Results indicate that low self-control is significantly correlated with increased odds of alcohol-induced sexual assault victimization despite the inclusion of other theoretically relevant variables. Implications for research, theory, and prevention policy are discussed. (Published Abstract)