By Erika Harrell
Harrell makes use of numerous waves of the nationwide adolescence Survey to degree even if Agnew s normal pressure idea (GST) may perhaps clarify the connection among adolescent victimization and delinquency. She examines the results of victimization on types of delinquency throughout racial and gender teams. the most premise of the GST, that elevated pressure in a person may end up in elevated antisocial habit, is supported the following. Adolescent victimization, as a resource of pressure, raises antisocial habit. notwithstanding, the impression of adolescent victimization delinquency did range throughout racial and gender teams.
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This, in turn, raises doubt about the finding that maltreatment increases the likelihood of participation in delinquent and criminal behavior. Doerner (1987) noted four major problems that permeated studies of childhood victimization and delinquency. ). A second problem was that research usually did not acknowledge the limitations of official versus self-report data. For example, relying solely on official data could leave out certain people not processed through either the child welfare or criminal justice systems.
Also, the 1993 study measured delinquency as a dichotomous variable and did not consider the frequency of offending. Heck and Walsh conducted a study using the same data as used in the Zingraff et al. (1993) study, corrected the aforementioned methodological flaws and found that maltreatment was, in fact, important in predicting property crime. Just as Heck and Walsh (2000) were able to find a relationship between victimization and property offending other more recent work has shown a relationship as well.
It could be that in the retrospective study, the respondents remembered only the most severe abuse, which probably occurred with less frequency. And prospectively, victimization with various levels of severity could have been collected which may have decreased its relationship with the risk of drug use. Yet another weakness of the literature that Arellano (1996) noted was its lack of theoretical grounding. Most studies do not base their analyses on any theory (Dembo et al. 1987; Dembo et al. 1989; Dembo et al.
Adolescent Victimization and Delinquent Behavior by Erika Harrell