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NCJ Number: 228563 Find in a Library
Title: Household Structure, Coupling Constraints, and the Nonpartner Victimization Risks of Adults
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:46  Issue:4  Dated:November 2009  Pages:495-523
Author(s): Carolyn Yule; Elizabeth Griffiths
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: National Consortium on Violence Research (NCOVR)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined how coupling constraints (space-time limitations on adults' routine activities) associated with the presence and age of children in the home both directly affected the nonpartner victimization risk of adults and transformed the household structure-victimization relationship.
Abstract: Results of the study confirmed that adults' life course stage, captured in age-graded responsibilities to children, had an independent and direct influence on nonpartner victimization. The heightened victimization risk experienced by lone parents relative to other types of households was largely explained by their parental coupling constraints. Criminological research has consistently established the uneven distribution of nonpartner victimization across different types of households. Patterns within the research depict a continuum along which more traditional households experience reduced risk of criminal victimization. Drawing on the concept of coupling constraints, representing space-time limitations on adults' routine activities, this study assessed whether and to what extent household structure and age of children influenced the nonpartner victimization experiences of urban Canadians. The analysis was based on data from the 1999 Canadian General Social Survey, a nationally representative random sample of Canadians aged 15 and older. Tables, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Victimization risk
Index Term(s): Home environment; Routine activity theory; Victim crime precipitation; Victimization
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