A Longitudinal Examination of the Relationship between Physical Aggression and Violent Victimization among Urban Minority Chicago Youth and Young Adults
Wesley G. Jennings*, 1, Kelli A. Komro2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2011
First Page: 68
Last Page: 73
Publisher Id: TOFAMSJ-4-68
Article History:Received Date: 1/5/2011
Revision Received Date: 26/5/2011
Acceptance Date: 7/6/2011
Electronic publication date: 14/10/2011
Collection year: 2011
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Empirical evidence has been accumulating suggesting that victims and offenders share common risk factors and are often one and the same. Guided by this extant literature, this study provides a longitudinal examination of the relationship between physical aggression and violent victimization among a large sample of 2,671 urban minority youth and young adults from Chicago. The results from a series of bivariate probit regression models, which allow the equations for physical aggression and violent victimization to be estimated simultaneously, reveal strong evidence of a victimoffender overlap. Additional results suggest that this victim-offender overlap cannot be merely explained away by a commonality of risk factors and demographics alone. Study limitations and policy implications are also discussed.