Investigating the role of gender and delinquency in exposure to violence among Puerto Rican youth

Jennifer M. Reingle, Wesley G. Jennings, Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina, Alex R. Piquero, Glorisa Canino

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Using a longitudinal sample of Puerto Rican adolescents living in the Bronx, New York, this study examines the predictors of exposure to violence within gender. Results from a series of negative binomial regressions suggested (a) sensation seeking, peer delinquency, coercive discipline, and initial delinquency increased the likelihood of exposure to violence for both males and females at multiple time points and (b) initial delinquency was the only consistent predictor of exposure to violence at all time points. Regarding the role of gender, the results indicated that some risk factors were similar across genders (e.g., sensation seeking, coercive discipline, peer delinquency, and delinquent behavior), whereas other risk factors differed across gender (e.g., age and welfare among males and school environment for females). Study limitations and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-377
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • delinquency
  • exposure to violence
  • Hispanics
  • longitudinal

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