Families, Communities, and Violent Victimization Among Adolescents

Janet L. Lauritsen, University of Missouri - St. Louis

ABSTRACT
This research examines how individual, family, and community characteristics are related to the risk for violent victimization among American adolescents. Person- and household-level data from the area-identified National Crime Victimization Survey are merged with community indicators from the decennial census to determine how factors at each of these levels are related to violence among youth. Adolescents from two-parent families are found to be at lower risk for stranger and non-stranger violence than their counterparts in single-parent or other family types. Controls for race, gender, and ethnicity do not alter this conclusion, nor do controls for other factors such as family income, size, or residential stability. Community factors are found to account for some, but not all of these differences in risk.

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