Lifestyles of Male and Female Adolescent Crime Victims

Peggy S. Plass, James Madison University
Dianne Cyr Carmody, Old Dominion University

Gender differences in the experience of criminal victimization are fairly well established. With the notable exception of sexual assault, males are more likely to experience criminal victimization than are females. Among the primary approaches to explaining criminal victimization generally are routine activities and lifestyle theories, both of which predict an increased likelihood of victimization associated with involvement in certain activities, or lifestyles. These theories have, in fact, been used to explain differences in the quality of male and female victimization. Efforts at examining differences and similarities in the lifestyles and activities of males and females who do become victims is more rare. This paper examines the ways in which lifestyle and activities (with a special emphasis on criminal offending) impact differentially on the victimization experiences of a sample of male and female adolescents.

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