Exposure to Violence: Analysis of Patterns and Consequences of Exposure to Family Violence Among Incarcerated Youth

Janet L. Mullings, Sam Houston State University
James W. Marquart, Sam Houston State University
Suzanne Godboldt, University of Nebraska at Omaha

ABSTRACT
This paper investigates the patterns and consequences of exposure to family violence among a sample of 1,082 incarcerated youth. Specifically, the study examines the prevalence of exposure to family violence among 874 boys and 208 girls incarcerated in the Texas Youth Commission in 2000. It also tests the hypotheses that youth who are exposed to family violence: 1) are more likely to engage in violent offending behavior and; 2) have earlier age of onset for delinquent behavior than youth not exposed to family violence. Gender differences in levels of exposure to family violence, violent and non-violent (property and drug) offending, and age of onset for delinquent behavior are examined.

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