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NCJ Number: 228399 Find in a Library
Title: Lifestyle, Rational Choice, and Adolescent Fear: A Test of a Risk-Assessment Framework
Journal: Criminology  Volume:47  Issue:3  Dated:August 2009  Pages:781-812
Author(s): Chris Melde
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2003-JN-FX-0003
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the perceived risk and fear of victimization among an adolescent sample using routine activities theory or a lifestyle framework.
Abstract: Results of the study found that although increased involvement in a delinquent lifestyle was associated strongly with an increase in victimization over time, no such association existed with the perceived risk of victimization. Also, as adolescents became more involved in delinquent lifestyle and were victimized at a higher rate than nondelinquent youth, their fear of victimization actually decreased at a significantly higher rate than more prosocial youth. Although delinquent youth face a relatively high risk of victimization, research has not examined how those involved in a delinquent lifestyle interpret this risk. This study examined how involvement in a delinquent lifestyle affected the perceived risk and fear of future victimization among a sample of 1,450 youth by expanding on Ferraro’s (1995) risk-assessment model, which is rooted in an opportunity framework. Figures, tables, references, and appendix
Main Term(s): Juvenile offender attitudes
Index Term(s): Juvenile Delinquent behavior; NIJ grant-related documents; Opportunity theory; Risk taking behavior; Routine activity theory; Victimization; Victimization risk
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