Persistent Offending and Persistent Victimization: A Comparison of Psycho-Social Risk Factors

Paul Mazerolle, The University of Queensland
Abby Fagan, University of Queensland

The overlap between victims and offenders is increasingly being recognized, due to mounting evidence that victims and offenders have similar demographic characteristics, that victimization increases the likelihood of offending, and that offenders are at high risk for becoming victims of crime. Despite this evidence, litte research has been conducted to determine whether or not the predictors of victimization and offending are similar, particularly when examining repeated victimization and persistentinvolvement iun crime. This paper employs a life course developmental perspective to identify predictors of persistent offending and victimization during adolescence and early adulthood, using data from a longitudinal study of young people in Brisbane, Australia.

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