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Life-Course Approach to the Study of Victimization and Offending Behaviors

NCJ Number
Victims and Offenders Volume: 3 Issue: 4 Dated: October 2008 Pages: 365-390
Leah E. Daigle; Kevin M. Beaver; Jennifer L. Hartman
Date Published
October 2008
26 pages
This study examined the relationship between age and victimization over time.
Research generated from the life-course perspective has consistently documented a curvilinear relationship between age and offending, yet very little research has employed a life-course approach to investigate the relationship between age and victimization over time. The authors address this gap in the literature by using data from three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Specifically, based on Sampson and Laub's (1993) contention that the presence of adult social bonds decreases the likelihood of criminal activity in adulthood, the authors examined whether two adult social bondsmarriage and employmentwere associated with desistance from delinquent involvement and whether these same bonds were associated with a reduction in the odds of victimization. The theoretical and policy implications of this research are discussed. (Published Abstract)