Self-Control, Violent Offending, and Homicide Victimization

Assessing the General Theory of Crime

Published in: Journal of Quantitative Criminology, v. 21, no. 1, Mar. 2005, p. 55-71

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2005

by Alex Piquero, John MacDonald, Adam Dobrin, Leah Daigle, Francis Cullen

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Criminologists have long recognized that offending and victimization share common ground. Using Gottfredson and Hirschis general theory of crime, with its emphasis on self-control as a theoretical backdrop, the authors examine the extent to which self-control is related to both violent offending and homicide victimization. To examine this issue, the authors use 5-year post-parole data on violent offending and homicide victimization from a sample of parolees from the California Youth Authority. Using rare-events logistic regression models, results indicate that self-control is related to each outcome, but that other risk factors are also uniquely related to each outcome. The implications of this study for theory and future research are addressed.

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