Does Victimization Reduce Self-Control? A Longitudinal Analysis

Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2011

6 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2015

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Robert Agnew

Emory University

Heather Scheuerman

James Madison University

Jessica Grosholz

University of South Florida - Sarasota Campus

Deena Isom

University of South Carolina

Lesley Watson

Emory University

Sherod Thaxton

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Purpose: To examine the effect of victimization on self-control.

Method: Five waves of data from the GREAT survey are analyzed; the effect of prior victimization on subsequent self-control is estimated using the dynamic panel generalized-method of moments.

Results: Victimization reduces subsequent self-control in the near term.

Conclusions: The findings point to another source of low self-control, help to explain why prior victimization is linked to subsequent victimization, and provide support for general strain theory – which predicts that strains such as victimization will reduce self-control.

Keywords: criminology, juvenile

Suggested Citation

Agnew, Robert and Scheuerman, Heather and Grosholz, Jessica and Isom, Deena and Watson, Lesley and Thaxton, Sherod, Does Victimization Reduce Self-Control? A Longitudinal Analysis (2011). Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2679180

Robert Agnew

Emory University ( email )

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

Heather Scheuerman

James Madison University ( email )

Harrisonburg, VA 22807
United States

Jessica Grosholz

University of South Florida - Sarasota Campus ( email )

Sarasota, FL
United States

Deena Isom

University of South Carolina ( email )

701 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

Lesley Watson

Emory University ( email )

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

Sherod Thaxton (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

385 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Room 1242
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.ucla.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/sherod-thaxton

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