Assessing the victim-offender overlap among Puerto Rican youth

Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina, Wesley G. Jennings, Amy L. Tobler, Alex R. Piquero, Glorisa Canino

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Purpose: Knowledge about offenders and knowledge about victims has traditionally been undertaken without formal consideration of the overlap among the two. A small but growing research agenda has examined the extent of this overlap. At the same time, there has been a minimal amount of research regarding offending and victimization among minority youth, and this is most apparent with respect to Hispanics, who have been increasing in population in the United States. Materials & Methods: This study explores the joint, longitudinal overlap between offending and victimization among a sample of Puerto Rican youth from the Bronx, New York. Results: Results indicate: (1) an overlap between offending and victimization that persists over time, (2) a considerable overlap in the number, type, direction, and magnitude of the effect of individual, familial, peer, and contextual factors on both offending and victimization, (3) some of the factors related to offending were only relevant at baseline and not for the growth in offending but that several factors were associated with the growth in victimization, and (4) various risk factors could not explain much of the overlap between offending and victimization. Conclusions: Theoretical, policy, and future research directions are addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1191-1201
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

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